The word chapei (also transliterated chapey) derives from the Sanskrit kacchap(î), a term which designates a lute from ancient India. Kacchap(î) is also the source of the name of the equivalent of the Thai chapei, namely kracchapi, krachappi or grajabpi (กระจับปี่). The term kacchap(î) derives from the Sanskrit kacchapa, literally ‘turtle’. It may be hypothesized that the original lute’s resonance case was made of a turtle shell. We find this type of instrument in the hands of … read more
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Born in 1959, Patrick Kersalé is an ethnomusicologist as well as a music archaeologist. He has spent the past twenty-five years travelling around the world (primarily in West Africa, Southeast Asia, India, Nepal and Europe) in order to seek out traditional music which where in danger of disappearing to preserve its memory and to develop programs for cultural conservation.
He is the author of numerous CDs, mostly on the music of ethnic minorities, several books with CD on oral traditions, documentaries, educational DVDs, and articles.
In Cambodia, he has carried out several missions to study the musical instruments and music of the aboriginal people of Ratanakiri and Mundolkiri. For nearly ten years, he has investigated musical instruments from the Angkorian world, through the iconography, inscriptions and archaeological objects. Based on that research, he has rebuilt extinct Angkorian instruments from the 7th to 13th centuries. Several kinds of harps, zithers, cymbals, drums, trumpets, lute and conches have thus literally been brought back to life with the collaboration of Cambodian and Nepalese makers.