Ephemeral Mists' Musical Instruments


The Blul (bloul) is an end blown flute that is particular to Armenia. It is somewhat similar in sound to the Ney or Kaval, but just like the Duduk the Blul (bloul) is made from the wood from apricot trees. In fact, in its literal translation "blul" means "pipe made of apricot wood". This particular wood lends a somewhat distinctive timbre to the voicing of this instrument which I am quite fond of. Like other woodwinds of this design, it is capable of a 2 1/2 octave range. It has an important place in Armenian heritage as it is the national instrument of the country.