Wednesday 26 September 2007
The Turkish society warmly received the performances of world-known Armenian duduk player Jivan Gasparyan in Ankara and Istanbul. People’s Artist and laureate of a number of international competitions Jivan Gasparyan told in a conference that he had two concerts in Turkey on the occasion of Peace Day, where he presented compositions by Sayat-Nova, Komitas and M. Ekmalyan, as well as several old Armenian songs.
The famous duduk player noted that at the request of the Turkish society he played one song with famous Turkish saz player Yavuz Bingul.
This was Jivan Gasparyan’s fifth concert tour to Turkey. During the concerts in Turkey he performed a song in memory Hrant Dink, the slain editor-in-chief of the Agos weekly.
On those days Jivan Gasparyan’s concerts were widely covered by many Turkish media. The duduk player gave interviews to two Turkish TV Channels, during one of which the musician presented some details of creation and preparation of Armenian duduk, noting that although Turks have an instrument resembling duduk, it does not mean Turkey is the birthplace of duduk.
Preceding the concerts Jivan Gasparyan recorded one song with a famous Turkish singer and played for a Turkish film about earthquake.
Speaking about his plans in Armenia, the musician said he intends to establish a school of duduk, where he will bring together about 100 orphan children and will teach playing duduk for free.