Charles Aznavour and Jivan Gasparyan to release a joint album

French-Armenian daily “Nouvelle d’Armenie” writes that Jivan Gasparyan, honored Armenian musician, while being in Ijevsk, Russia, announced that he, along with world famous French-Armenian singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour, will release a joint album.

Gasparyan stressed that Aznavour is one of his best friends and a very good person, while answering the question of the journalist, whether Gasparyan closely knows Aznavour.

Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian better known by his stage name Charles Aznavour (born 22 May 1924) is a French and Armenian singer, songwriter, actor, public activist and diplomat. Besides being one of France’s most popular and enduring singers, he is also one of the best-known singers in the world. Aznavour is known for his unique tenor[4] voice: clear and ringing in its upper reaches, with gravelly and profound low notes. He has appeared in more than sixty movies, composed about a thousand songs (including at least 150 in English, 100 in Italian, 70 in Spanish, and 50 in German), and sold well over 100 million records.
In 1998, Aznavour was named Entertainer of the Century by CNN and users of Time Online from around the globe. He was recognized as the century’s outstanding performer, with nearly 18% of the total vote, edging out Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan. He has sung for presidents, popes and royalty, as well as at humanitarian events, and is the founder of the charitable organization Aznavour for Armenia along with his long-time friend impresario Levon Sayan.
In 2009 he was appointed ambassador of Armenia to Switzerland, as well as Armenia’s permanent delegate to the United Nations at Geneva.[8] He started his new Aznavour en Toute Intimitétour in 2011.

Jivan Gasparyan; Armenian ( born October 12, 1928) is an Armenian musician and composer. He plays the duduk, a double reed woodwind instrument related to the orchestral oboe. Gasparyan is known as the Master of the duduk.
Born in Solag, Armenia, Gasparyan started to play duduk when he was six. In 1948 he became a soloist of the Armenian Song and Dance Popular Ensemble and the Yerevan Philarmonic Orchestra. He has won four medals at UNESCO worldwide competitions (1959, 1962, 1973, and 1980). In 1973 Gasparyan was awarded the honorary title People’s Artist of Armenia and in 2002, he receive the WOMEX (World Music Expo) Lifetime Achievement Award. A professor at the Yerevan State Musical Conservatory, he has instructed and nurtured many performers to professional levels of performance in duduk.

He has toured the world several times with a small ensemble playing Armenian folk music. He has collaborated with many artists, such as Hossein Alizadeh, Sting, Erkan Ogur, Michael Brook, Peter Gabriel, Brian May, Lionel Richie, Derek Sherinian, Ludovico Einaudi, Boris Grebenshchikov, David Sylvian, Hans Zimmer and Andreas Vollenweider.

Djivan Gasparyan and Hossein Alizadeh were jointly nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for their 2006 collaboration album Endless Vision (an album featuring a trilingual arrangement and recording of Sari Galin).

Gasparyan played as part of the Armenian entry “Apricot Stone” by Eva Rivas at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo and became the oldest ever person to feature in a Eurovision Song Contest performance, but was not officially listed as a guest artist.

Exhibition in Copenhagen on “The Armenian Genocide and the Scandinavian response”

On November 6, in the library of Humanitarian studies of the Royal Library of Copenhagen the opening of the “The Armenian Genocide and the Scandinavian response” exhibition took place which was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia In Denmark in cooperation with the Institute of the Armenian Genocide.

As the MFA media office reports, number of high officials, foreign delegations, clergymen, students and representatives of the Armenian diaspora were present.
The head of the library of Humanitarian studies Hans Christian Michelsen delivered a speech and Hayk Demoyan, the head of the museum-institute on the Armenian Genocide, presented his speech on “the Scandinavian direction of the Armenian Genocide European reminiscences”. The ambassador of Armenia to Denmark Hrachya Aghadjanyan stated that a number of Scandinavian citizens have assisted the Armenians surviving the Genocide and have made a great humanitarian input on the latters’ survival. He concluded that they were there not to grief the death but to encourage the life. In the end, the ambassador expressed his gratitude to all the present and Komitas music summarized the day.

Classical music young prodigy in Armenia (video)

As Deutsche Grammophon reports, Jan Lisiecki, a young prodigy classical music pianist with Polish roots best known as being extremely accomplished in piano as well as in academics at a young age, is coming to Armenia.

His concert is scheduled with the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia SYOA, (conductor – Sergey Smbatyan). He will be playing Schumman’s piano concerto a-moll, op. 54. The concert will take place on November 17 at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall. More information will be available close to the concert date.

Sirusho is not going to participate in the concert in Moscow

Armenian singer Sirusho wrote on her “Facebook” page that she is not going to participate in the concert which will take place in Luzhniki concert hall, Moscow, Russia.

“As you know it will be a very huge concert and a lot of famous singers will participate in it. If you have noticed, during the advertisement of the concert it was noted that I should also participate in the concert but because of my busy schedule I can’t manage to participate in it. Before I could tell my producers they had already included me in the program, but, unfortunately I can’t participate in it” said the singer adding “If you want to know any information about my further activities, please visit my official website in order not to be confused.”

Exclusive: “Moments”

After hearing Radiolab’s show about moments of death, filmmaker William Hoffman went out in search to find the moments of life. And in an attempt to define a moment, Hoffman produced what he calls “Visual experiment”.

The film is a celebration of life that was inspired by David Eagleman‘s book, “Sum”. The book itself presents forty mutually exclusive stories staged in a wide variety of possible afterlives. The author has stated that none of the stories is meant to be taken as serious theological proposals but, instead, that the message of the book is the importance of exploring new ideas beyond the ones that have been traditionally passed down.

American University of Armenia holds a concert in memory of John Cage (photos)

Akian Art Gallery of the American University of Armenia hosts the sixth concert of 1900+World Piano Music concert series with Hayk Melikyan as the pianist.

The Concert of American Contemporary Music is dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of John Cage. After the opening of the AUA new building named after Paramaz Avedisyan, this concert series is the second musical event at Akian Art Gallery musically disposing hall which had its musical events premier opening with a classical music night organized by one of the alumni of the AUA Araks Shahinyan. The successful fulfillment of the classical event seems to be initializing a good tradition of bringing the world’s greatest composers’ pieces into the AUA walls. Concert date: November 17, 8 pm. Program:

John CAGE (1912-1992)
“And the Earth Shall Bear Again” (1942)

For prepared piano
“In a Landscape” (1948)
Elliott CARTER (1908)

“90+” (1994)
John CAGE

Two Piano Pieces (1946)
Henry COWELL (1897-1965)
“The Snows of Fuji-Yama” (1924)
John CAGE

Suite for Toy Piano (1960)

Photos: classical music night organized by Araks Shahinyan.

Rock music against children’s diseases

On November 19, 7pm, “Help the Armenian children” charity foundation along with the Yerevan State Marionette Theatre presents Eva Sujyan’s rock band recital dedicated to the assistance for the sick children in Armenia.

Eva and her rock band (Artur Margaryan – sologuitar, Hovhannes Harutyunyan – bass guitar, Artur Hovakimyan – keybord instruments, Gevorg Harutyunyan – percussive instruments) have surprises for the rock music lovers of the day.

Concert’s profit will be donated to Rita Gharibyan’s bank account who suffers from a skin disease. Tickets are available at Yerevan State Marionette Theatre ticket box and are 1000, 2000 and 3000 drams.

The 7th Republican Festival of Theater Directing Commenced

Armenian Union of Theatrical Figures will hold the 7th Republican Festival of Theater Directing on November 1-7 with 11 plays. The most distinguished directors will participate in summer master classes in Moscow at the International Theatrical Festival after Chekhov.

The plays of 35 directors which have been staged throughout last year are to be presented. Ani Harutyunyan, Ishkhan Gharibyan, Samson Movsisyan, Susanna Aghayanc, Davit Harutyunyan, Silva Chobanyan, Gor Margaryan, Varduhi Grigoryan, Tigran Suqiasyan, Miqayel Atasunts and Ervand Engibaryan are the participants of the festival. The Republican Festival of Theater Directing first launched in 2006 by people’s artist Ervand Ghazanchyan.

Today Mozart, Chopin, Chic Korea in the “Return Festival” closing concert

Today, October 31, 19.00 the festive closing concert of “Return Festival” will be held in Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall which is dedicated to the 85th anniversary of Amalya Abuburtyan. Bethoveen, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Ravel and Chic Korea are expected to be performed.

Vahagn Papian (piano, Israel), Boris Giltburg (piano, Israel) and Gevorg Harutyunyan (percussion instruments) are the performers of the day. The festival commenced on September 24 in Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall under the auspices of “The Gallery of Arts” cultural fund. “Israel Camerata Jerusalem” (Israel) orchestra with Avner Byron as a conductor gave the start to the festival.

“Yerevan Perspectives” International Music Festival hosts Amsterdam Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Yerevan

Established in 2000, “Yerevan Perspectives” 13th International Music Festival this year has another flamboyant cultural event taking place in Yerevan. This time Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam visits the capital with a classical concert on November 9, 7.30 pm, with Lorin Maazel as the conductor.

Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival previous highlights were Evgeny Kissin’s concert in Yerevan, Tokyo String Quartet, Wiener Philharmonic. The president of the festival is composer Stephan Rostomyan and the Honorary President is Valery Gergiev – currently the general director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.