South American
Panpipes

 

Siku
&
Zampoña

Often mistaken for the European pan-flute, the Siku (see-ku) is native to the areas surrounding Lake Titicaca between the countries of Peru and Bolivia. Made from reeds, the Siku is tuned diatonically in the Key of G MAJOR, and consists of two separate halves, with the musical scale divided between both halves. Traditionally, the Siku is always played between two musicians, with each player taking one half of the instrument. The melody is thus woven back and forth between the two players. In order for one to play alone the two halves must be held together. Sikus vary greatly in size, ranging from reeds of less than an inch to reeds measuring over four feet.

 

ANATARA

Similar to the SIKU, the ANTARA is a single row of reeds rather than two. It is tuned pentatonically (5 note scale). The ANTARA is easy to play and colorfully adorned with textile fabric. Archaeological studies have shown the ANTARA to be one of the oldest instruments of Andean culture.

1 Row;13 pipes; 8 1/2 inches.

PP-1

CHULI
Sometimes called IKA, usually considered the smallest size. Like all of our Sikus, it is tuned to the key of G Major and is handcrafted in Bolivia. The CHULI corresponds to the highest octave. (6 inches)

2 Rows;15 pipes; 6 inches.

PP-2

MALTA
The most frequently used of the Sikus, the MALTA is the mid-range, containing a blend of both high and low notes. The MALTA is the standard size and is recommended for the novice.

2 Rows; 15 Pipes; 13 1/2 inches.

PP-3

SANKA
The SANKA is twice as deep as the MALTA and therefore twice as large. This Siku contains some of the lower notes which are haunting and powerful in their sound.

2 Rows; 13 Pipes; 23 inches

PP-4

SEMI TOYOS
The SEMI TOYOS is bass siku playing the very lowest notes.

2 Rows, 25 Pipes; 34 inches.

PP-5

TABLA SIKU
The colors represent the Aymara Wipala (flag). Tuned to pentatonic E.

1 Row; 16 Pipes; 20 inches.

PP-6

CHILD'S SIKU
Small and easy to play.

2 Rows;13 pipes; 6 inches.

PP-7

Size in inches indicates length of longest pipe in series.
Decorative woven straps do not come with instruments.


Price List for Panpipes & Zampoña
Playing Guide for Panpipes

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How to Play Flutes of the Andes Video
Recorded Music of the South American Flute

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