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Joe Bedrosian playing zurna.
A man plays Armenian music on the zurna in 1939

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Joe Bedrosian performing "Yankee Doodle" on April 24, 1939

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The zurna, also known as the surna, is an instrument from Islamic areas including Iran, Mesopotamia, and Syria. The popularity of the zurna quickly spread through areas conquered by the Arabs. The Arabs first used it in military bands, and later used it to greet important persons, mark the beginnings of pilgrimages, and in other important ceremonies. Today the zurna still exists as a folk instrument used mainly in festive village music in Islamic areas, as well as Greece, Cyprus, and Armenia. The modern day version of the zurna is the oboe, which is a staple of any symphony orchestra.
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CREDIT: "Joe Bedrosian playing zurna, seated, facing right, half-length portrait, photograph." California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties, Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell, Library of Congress.
AUDIO CREDIT: Bedrosian, Joe, performer; Cowell, Sidney Robertson, recorder. "Yankee Doodle." April 24, 1939. California Gold: Northern California Folk Music, Thirties, Library of Congress.