Name: Koni or K'ni.
Type: Bowed > Chordophone.
Region: Vietnam > South East Asia.
Dimensions: Scale Length cm.
Acquisition Date: 2006.08.27.
Acquisition Source: Vietnam > Randy Raine-Reusch.
Description: The khoni or k'ni is a bowed instrument and a
member of the chordophone family unique to Vietnam. The origins of the
khoni are likely from a single stringed bowed instrument called an
"abrel" who is played by the Jarai, Bahnar, Ede, Xe Dang, Pako and Hre
ethnic groups. The current form of the Khoni was revived by the Hanoi
Conservatory of Music and is used only by a very small number of
Playing Techniques: In playing the khoni the musician holds a
metallic or plastic disc just behind their teeth, this forms the
acoustic chamber that produces the sound. The khoni is held vertically
in between the left and right knees for support. Vibrato and note
bending are achieved by the tongue coming into contact and
occasionally bending the strings.
The khoni is made up from a hand carved wooden body, on my specimen
two metal strings are attached with a screw near the bottom of the
instrument. For the two strings I use the bottom B and E electric
guitar strings. Two friction tuning pegs are affixed near the top of
the instrument. A single thread is attached to a metal disc for
resonance. The theme of the khoni is ornamental in the form of a lily.
online resources (koni
article by Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com).