Istanpitta are an Early Music group that have played at many medieval fairs and festivals. This is a European Saltarello- They also do Middle Eastern and Andalusian music. They have also had tribal belly dancers perform with them- Their website can be seen here, as well as their FaceBook page, and MySpace page.
If you are interested, here is an article on the History of Music and Musical Instruments by Wafaa’ Salman, Theory of Arab Music by A. J. Racy, Ph.D., and an article on the Oud by David Parfitt.

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