Šurle and Piva

The šurle, together with the roženica (sopila) and mih is a typical Istrian instrument. The šurle is actually two separate pipes of wood that are connected at the top into a didak, kutao or barrel, through which air is blown and which also protects the reeds.  Playing the šurli is two-part (most often in thirds), Because of its powerful sound, the šurli is primarily used as an accompaniment for dancing. One can also sing to the šurli and there are interesting combinations of playing the šurle with the roženica or the mih. One can very rarely find the šurle attached to bags and played as a bellows. The name of this instrument (the šurle attached to bags) is piva.