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Fujara & Koncovka

Fujara and Koncovka are the traditional Slovak shepherd flutes. While the Koncovka is a pure overtone flute, several overtone scales can be played on the large, bass Fujara.

It is the deep, agile and organic sound over up to 4 octaves, that makes the Fujara something special. The tube of a Fujara is up to 200 cm long and it is rarely shorter than 140 cm. The Fujara is hold vertically in front of the body. The flute is relatively easy to play. Equally to the recorder the tone is generated by a so-called windway. The player blows air through the instrument and the tone emerges instantly. The melodies originate by combining hand movements with overblowing the basic tones. The Fujaras have three grip holes at the front at the lower third of the instrument. The player often needs to stretch his or her arms to reach the grip holes.

The length of DAN MOI Fujaras is 150 cm. They are made of elder-wood. The instruments in our shop have a splendid production quality, are well-tuned, and carefully treated to last for a long time. We have four different Fujaras tuned to the four basic tones A2, B(H)2, C#3 and D3. The Fujaras of DAN MOI are fabricated in Czechia by a Slovakian instrument maker. They have a beautiful ornament in the upper part of the tube. Their surface is treated with linseed oil. They also bear a valve to discharge condensation water, that emerges while playing the flute.

Sometimes the Koncovka is called the little sister of the Fujara. Its size is approx. 50 cm and it does not have any grip holes. The tones are generated by overblowing and opening as well as closing of the lower opening of the flute. Konkovka and Fujara were traditionally used by shepherds. The bigger flute, the Fujara, was considered as the instrument of the herd leader and highest-ranking shepherd. The smaller Koncovka was rather played by his assistants. That might be one of the reasons the Fujara is being called the “queen of the Slovakian music instruments”.

Some of todays most famous Fujara-Players are Pavol Smutný and Ladislav Libica from Slovakia and musicians like Marco Trochelmann, Bernhard Mikuskovics or Max Brumberg.

You can find more information about our wonderful Fujaras and Koncovkas in our blog post: Queen of the Flutes: The Bass Flute Fujara.

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