Monday, January 12, 2009

An Introduction to the HuLuSi

The instrument used throughout the song "More Of You" on The Door is the hulusi ( 葫芦丝) . A free wind Chinese traditional instrument, it originates from the Dai ethnic group in China's Yunnan province. The words 'hulu' mean 'gourd' and 'si' means silk, because of it's silky sound.

A gourd windchest attached to bamboo reeds, this instrument is distinctively Chinese, although variations can be found in Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand.

It's not uncommon to see an older Chinese man outside his shop in China playing the hulusi. It is said that originally the Dai men would play it to express their love to women. Gourds and bamboo creating silky sounds...not a bad way to woo.