The kamancha (kemane/kamancheh) is one of the oldest instruments that utilises strings from central Asia and the mıddle east. The fascinating and mystical sounds created are a culmination of hundreds of years of development that has presented us with the instrument we recognise today.
In its earliest form the kamancha had one string, but due to the demand for a more enhanced experience of sound, additional strings where attached throughout the instrument's lifespan and today we are presented with a five stringed instrument.
In the Anatolian region this instrument was used by the Yoruk Turkmens and is referred to as the kemane. Most of the kamancha from this region are produced using local gourds. The kamancha is an instrument that is still to this day evolving, and although there are many different versions of it today they all are bound by a single deep rooted ancestry.
It has been used in a multitude of different cultures stretching from the Turkish, Kurdish, Azerbaijani, Persian and Armenian folk music tradıtıons for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The kamancha continues to make appearances in an even more diverse range of musical styles and cultures.