The MURGU is an overtone flute, an end-blown tube with no holes, usually made from the stalk of an angelica plant. Melodies are produced by adjusting the airflow and covering or uncovering the bottom end with a finger. Since the traditional murgu is fragile and impermanent, Sayan Chambal crafted a special one for Alash, designed to withstand the rigors of touring. This murgu, shown below, is made from a ski pole. At left, Ayan Shirizhik is shown playing the murgu.
The AMYRGA is a hunting horn made to imitate the mating call of the male Siberian red deer. The long conical tube is generally carved from Siberian pine in two halves which are fastened together with birch bark, but the same sound can be produced from a slightly tapered cone of any rigid material. The player inhales rather than exhales to produce a tone. The amyrga is not used melodically but only to imitate the animal's sound. Nachyn Choodu is shown at right, playing an amyrga made of coated paper.
Watch Nachyn Choodu play the amyrga. [0:26]