Sounds of Erevan

Featuring Gagik Hovsepyan . Levon Abrahamyan . Djivan Gasparyan . Russian National Orchestra . Ara Gevorgian . Suren Asaduryan . Yansimalar . Hisundari . Qisho Grisha Davtjan . Yeghishe Manukyan . Aygepan . Duduk . Vache Hovsepyan . Armen Chakmakian

Wikipedia : Armenia is situated close to the Caucasus Mountains, and its music is a mix of indigenous folk music, perhaps best-represented by Djivan Gasparyan’s well-known duduk music, as well as light pop, and extensive Christian music, due to Armenia’s status as one of the oldest Christian nation in the world

Jivan Gasparyan : Jivan Gasparyan has a sever childhood, as the latter he has spent in the orphanage, his mother died early and father was a soldier of WWII. He was six years old, when he started intuitively to play the instrument without knowing any notes.

Samvel Yervinyan : On his graduation day, in 1980 he played Henry Vietan’s 2nd concert and received a standing ovation from all the faculty members. He was asked to continue his studies at Tchaikovsky’s Music Conservatory, under the guidance and tutoring of world famous Maestro Edward Dayan.

Face Music : Well-known Armenian lullabies are “Nana, Loorig, Roorig, Ayer, Hayroor” and others. The main theme of a lullaby is the love for the child. Various subjects or feelings are expressed in lullabies, when the mother is rocking the cradle and singing, forgetting her daily burden, remembering past loves, embracing touching memories. Doing so, she is also passing past lamentations on to the next generation, thus awakening in the young heart a heroic soul and the feeling for the homeland.

Armeniapedia : Armenian music, monophonic by internal structure, entered a new phase in the second half of the 19th century with the introduction of polyphony and more or less western forms. Thanks to Armenian composers who studied in the west. The initial Modal & Monodic nature (That is, excluding the concept of Harmony) of traditional Armenian music condensed the musical creativity in the horizontal line.

enotes : In terms of Armenian musical history, the genocide profoundly affected musicologist Komitas Vardapet, who is regarded as the father of Armenian national music. Born Sogomon Soghomonian in 1869, Komitas, renaming himself after a seventh-century writer of hymns, studied music in Berlin and transcribed Armenian folk songs during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.

UNESCO : UNESCO has started to implement the Project entitled “Safeguarding of Armenian Duduk Music” in Armenia . This cultural expression was proclaimed Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005. This Project is financed under the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation and Promotion of the Intangible Cultural Heritage . : Under Soviet mastery, Armenia’s music was taught in a stiffly restricted style in conservatories. Kanun (dulcimer), davul (double-headed hand drum), oud (lute), tar (short-necked lute) and zurna (shawm) are the instruments played.

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