Sulh Ensemble Musical Instruments: Thai Saw U Coconut Fiddle (ซออู้)

Sulh Ensemble’s artistic director, Jon Silpayamanant, holding his Saw U after a performance at the South Central Regional Library in Louisville (2017). The Saw U is a bowed string instrument from Thailand with the body of a carved coconut shell.

The strings are traditionally made of silk and are tuned A and D. The bow is made with horsehair and is strung in between the strings much as the Chinese Erhu is.

Author: Sulh Ensemble

Sulh Ensemble is a group that plays intercultural music from the Silk Road, South and Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, and new compositions for ethnic ensembles based in the Greater Louisville/Kentuckiana region. Through concerts, collaborations, and outreach with dancers, composers, and musicians the group is constantly exploring global music genres. Many of the musicians of Sulh are active as teachers, producers, advocates, and practitioners of the arts of many music and dance traditions from around the world.