Music from the Armenian Diaspora


Listen to music from the Armenian diaspora on this New Sounds program. Hear the duduk, that distinctive double reed instrument, by the “Master of the Duduk,” Djivan Gasparyan, in many different combinations, from Gasparyan’s collaboration with Canadian-American producer Michael Brook’s electric guitar, to a work featuring the cellist Maya Beiser.  Then, hear Gasparyan’s duduk in a work by the Italian pianist/composer Ludovico Einaudi.  There's also music from the recent release by violist Nicolas Cords (of Brooklyn Rider) playing a work by Alan Hovanhess.  

Sample some music by Eve Beglarian, based on the traditional Armenian song “I will not be sad in this world,” arranged for flute and tape effects.  Plus, more traditionally informed music by another of the country's leading duduk performers Vardan Grigorian. All that, and more.

PROGRAM # 3471, Music from the Armenian Diaspora  (First aired on 5/21/2013)                                                





The Sharakan Early Music Ensemble

The Music of Armenia, Vol. 2

Our es mayr im (Mother, where are you?), excerpt [1:40]

Celestial Harmonies 13116

Marya Martin, flute Colette Valentine, piano

Eight Visions: A New Anthology for Flute and Piano

Eve Beglarian: I Will Not Be Sad In This World [6:24]

Naxos #8559629

Vardan Grigoryan  

In the Shadow of the Song

In the Shade [7:20]

Felmay 8189

Djivan Gasparyan & Michael Brook

Black Rock

Fallen Star [4:11]

Real World Records 46230, reissued as CDRW73

Ludovico Einaudi (Piano), Djivan Gasparyan (Duduk) Alessandro Radici (Electronics), Stefano Dall'Ora (Double Bass)

Eden Roc

Einaudi: Yerevan [2:24]

Ponderosa 14

Epiphany Project

Hin Dagh

Havakveer [3:50]

Epiphany 0008

Nicholas Cords


Hovhaness: Chahagir [5:46]

In a Circle Records OR

Kim Kashkashian, viola; Robyn Schulkovsky, percussion

Hayren - Music of Komitas and Tigran Mansurian

Havik (arr.  Tigran Mansurian) [4:44]

ECM 1754

Maya Beiser


Djivan Gasparyan: Memories [7:00]

Innova 778

Arto Tuncboyaciyan & Ara Dinkjian

Tears of Dignity

Herunazel [4:00]

Libra Music L.M. 004
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