Geographical department of Epirus


Unfortunately for Epirus there is no information about gaidas available. The gaida vanished from this region in the beginning of the 19th century, as new

instruments, the clarinet, replaced the gaida. The presence of the gaida in Albania though, with similar songs as in Epirus, shows that at some point in the past

the instrument was present in this western part of Greece, too. Unfortunately, for the time being, no other information is available. The following video is from an

Albanian player. As stated before the similarities in the music between the two regions make us believe that the gaida sounded the same in Epirus, but this is

only a guess. Anyway it is worth listening to an totaly different style of gaida playing.






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