A long-necked stringed instrument of the lute family, originating in the Ottoman Empire.
- Based on a song dating back to the days of the brigands who preyed on Silk Road travellers, now its message is more benign; its melodies are played by Toir Kuziyev on various string instruments Turkish saz and Arabic oud, as well as doutar.
- Slowly, other sounds emerge to fill the space around his voice: a slow and rhythmic drumming, the trilling of a wooden flute, melancholy chords of the stringed saz and the fluttering of an oboe-like instrument called a mey.
- The term saz has been applied to other types of musical instrument.
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