Name: Keluri.

Type: Free-Reed > Aerophone.

Region: Borneo > South East Asia.

Acquisition Date:

Acquisition Source: Borneo > Randy Raine-Reusch.

Description: The Keluri is a free-reed aerophone found in Borneo. It is played by the Iban and Orang-Ulu peoples. Many relatives of the keluri include the Chinese sheng, hulusi, hulusheng and the Japanese Sho. The keluri is a moribund in recent times only a very few people among the Iban are playing the keluri mainly elderly. This tradition will likely die out in a matter of 10 years.

My specimen of keluri you see in the photo is used by the Orang Ulu people or "The Up River People" who inhabit the interior regions of Borneo. Traditionally the keluri was played for the long dances that are associated with hunting. The enkeluri played by the Iban people who live closer to the coast of Borneo can range up to 1 metre in length. Some enkeluri may reach up to 1.8 meters in length.

Construction: The keluri is constructed from a gourd, thin bamboo reeds and cut lengths of bamboo tube. Each tube of bamboo has an individual finger hole and serves as a source of air to flow through. After the five finger holes are carved. The pipes are sorted out in a circular shape with a centre support pipe. A soot and pitch based substance "ksoot" fills in the gaps between the gourd and the pipes. This allows for the pipes to have support and prevents air from escaping during performance.