Music is always evolving and so are the instruments that people use. Have you seen any unique performances that you'd like to share?
Years ago, I was probably in high school at the time, I attended a Gamelan concert at the Field Museum of Natural History much like this:
They have a very active community here in Chicago: http://www.chicagogamelan.org/
There's also Brian Kidd, the Unipiper, who plays flaming bagpipes in various costumes while unicycling.
see,on youtube, the Barr Brothers performing in a bicycle shop, using bike parts among their instruments.Also. on Loreena McKennitt, live from the Alhambra in Spain, there is a fellow playing what looks like a giutar with a keyboard and hand-crank attached...
I dk what it is.
Thanks for that pointer!
The other instrument you mentioned is probably a hurdy-gurdy or "wheel fiddle", which sounds something like a bowed bagpipe. Certainly an interesting and cool instrument!