The Music of Armenia Vol.3 Duduk (Gevorg Dabagian)

Posted By MiOd On Saturday, July 27, 2013 Under
The Music of Armenia is a superb, 3 CDs the amazingly diverse music of Armenia. There are chants, folk tunes, instrumental music and rich choral harmonies in a collection that underscores the stunning and far too little acknowledged creative density of Armenian culture.

The project
The folk music of Armenia is so diverse that a single recording is not enough to encompass it. Rural work songs, urban folk songs, contemporary protest songs from the disputed Karabakh region, laments for lost parts of Western Armenia, songs of emigration, and of course, the universal topic of love and love lost. With such a range of songs to cover, producer David Parsons needed three full recordings to document the current state of Armenian folk music. This volume contains two of the three; the contemporary folk music of the Nagorno-Karabakh region takes up a volume by itself. Unlike the earlier volumes in this series, which have featured a single ensemble or soloist, the folk songs and dances in this collection are performed by no fewer than two ensembles and a number of vocal soloists. As with all folk music, these songs and dances reflect the people's own history and their land. Songs about the landscape and the various rivers, mountains, and regions of Armenia comprise one of the most distinctive parts of their folk repertoire; the plowing and farming songs are especially haunting and memorable. The area known as Western Armenia has proven to be a particularly fertile ground for folk song and dance. This region is the subject of much nostalgic and patriotic song. The music of the ashugh, the wandering poet/minstrels of Armenia, is also part of the folk music tradition, although, typically for Armenian music, it can also be considered a type of classical music tradition.

The artists:
Founded in 1991 by reed virtuoso Gevorg Dabagian, the Shoghaken Folk Ensemble uses only the traditional instruments of Armenia. The group aims to recreate the authentic sound of Armenian music as it was performed in past centuries, without external instruments or influences. Musicians of the ensemble include Gevorg Dabagian, playing duduk, zurna and shevi (also the featured performer on The Music of Armenia, Volume Three: Duduk; Karineh Hovhannessian on the kanon; Kamo Khachaturian on the dhol; Hakob Khalatian on the kamancha; Eduard Harutunian and Grigor Takushian both on duduk dam (drone).

The vocalists with the ensemble are all noted soloists in their own right and include: Hasmik Harutunian specializing in the songs of Western Armenia; Lida Zakarian specializing in both Armenian folk music and contemporary music; and Artavazd Voskanian who sings classical, sacred music and folk music. The Sasun Folk Group was founded in 1988 in the village of Nerkin Bazmaberd by Andranik Manukian. The group specializes in the folk songs and dances of Mush and Sasun in Western Armenia, maintaining a more regional, authentically vernacular or popular sound. Vocalists include Tsovinar Manukian, Norair Manukian, Sedrak Harutiunian, Harutiun Harutiunian, Artiom Hakobian, Astgik Hakobian, Liana Makhsudian, Gayaneh Khachaturian, Hasmik Khachaturian, Inga Gazarian, and are accompanied by Ara Mkoyan and Samvel Grigorian on the duduk dam (drone), and Gourgan Manukian on the dhol.

[01]. Hovern enkan (A cool breeze is blowing.) - 4'35"
[02]. Amen aravot (Every morning.) - 3'41"
[03]. Akh im champen (Ah, my road.) - 3'42"
[04]. Es gisher, lusnak gisher (Tonight the moon is full.) - 3'36"
[05]. Kali yerg (Harvest song.) - 5'36"
[06]. Kamantcha - 3'01"
[07]. Kezanits mas chunem (I miss you.) - 4'54"
[08]. Dle yaman - 4'16"
[09]. Tui tui - 2'40"
[10]. Yes mi tsar em tsirani & tsirani bar mi tar (The apricot tree medley.) - 4'36"
[11]. Vorskan akhper (Brother hunter.) - 4'55"
[12]. Ashkhares mi panjara ye (The world is a window.) - 2'59"
[13]. Tsarere tsahgum en (The trees are in bloom.) - 4'20"
[14]. Pailun arusiak (Shining Arusiak.) - 3'00"
[15]. Vasn mero perkutian (For us to be saved.) - 2'31"
[16]. Chachaneh tsaghadzoreh - 2'50"
[17]. Me khosk unim (I have a word for you.) - 4'24"
[18]. Alashkerti cochari - 3'53"

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