We took two small drums in our round-the-world journey. To be more precise, one of them is a metal Turkish darbuka, which we have had from the beginning of our journey, another one – a traditional wooden Nepalese drum – we bought in Katmandu, where they are widespread and can be found at any music store.
These drums are rather light and small, and can be easily packed into one bag on the luggage rack together with a tent and other belongings.
Performance in Indonesia
Another musical instrument we carry is a hurdy-gurdy made by a Carpathian craftsman Mykhailo Tafiychuk. It has been accompanying us in all six Two-wheeled Chronicles expeditions. We could even say that it initiated our performance as Folknery music band back in 2010. It stands to reason that this instrument is incredibly precious to us, though it is not in a perfect condition due to continuous transportation, exposure to excessive humidity and other impacts. Because of its striking appearance and amazing sound, our hurdy-gurdy always draws genuine interest from the audience while we are performing.
Our hurdy-gurdy and darbuka
We also have a ukulele, a small and light instrument which looks like a guitar and originally comes from the Hawaiian Islands. We have noticed recently that a lot of travelers prefer a ukulele to a bulky guitar in their journey. This instrument is so light that any cyclist can easily pack it for the bike trip. Though its sound is considerably quieter that the one of a guitar, it is still captivating.
We also have two tiny but very colorful instruments: a jaw harp and a whistle.
We don’t neglect electronic instruments. We carry a very compact and light Korg NanoKey midi-keyboard in one of our trunks. Combined with virtual instruments on our laptop, it allows synthesizing various sounds and mixing them with our acoustic instruments.
It looks like we covered every single bit of our musical arsenal. Certainly, we would not encourage you to take such an orchestra in a normal journey, but whatever you are going to take with you, may the Muse always accompany you.