How is Armenian music perceived in the world today? How is Armenian music presented in the world? At this present time, how successful are Armenian musicians? What should be the future of Armenian music?
Armenian music is used as a vehicle for presenting Armenian culture. Music can be analyzed as a component of an overall cultural strategy. Also considered is the interrelationship between music and education. These themes and others are presented in a live discussion on the show. The show features well-known Armenian composers and performers.
Nare Karoyan is a representative of the new generation of pianists. She was born in a family that has contributed to Armenian modern fine arts. She studied under contemporary pioneers in the field of French, German, and Austrian pedagogy. That European path began from Pascal Devoyon's class.
It's been four years now that Tsirani, an ensemble representing the golden mean of national instruments and Armenian musicians, has existed. Here the core instrument is duduk that is made of apricot wood and is the musical instrument most resembling human voice. Who waters Tsirani and how it sounds will be told by our guests, Artak Asatryan, duduk player and artistic director of the ensemble, and singer Eka Horstka.
Nikol Galanteryan's songs have started to live a new life. They have got such rebirth thanks to the dedication of faithfully serving musician, pianist Margarit Sargsyan. Certain directions in the composer's vocal works show how Armenian romances could later develop. "I am able to hear in these songs the songs of the later period, those of Aleksay Hekimyan, Khachatur Avetisyan, and Arno Babajanyan," says our guest.
The talk with Daniel Yerazhisht on the occasion of his 70th anniversary became a meeting with a whole cultural era. The names of Tatyana Hayrapetyan, Jan Ter-Merkerian, Robert Atayan, Mikayel Maluntsyan, Davit Khanjyan, and Robert Rozhdestvensky stand out in the great course of his life. “My teachers showed the way to the kingdom of music,” says Daniel Yerazhisht.
On the initiative and by the personal efforts of America-based baritone Tigran Zhamkochyan, Armenian music has sounded abroad since the 1960s. He has always enjoyed the opportunity to represent things related to Armenia, whether it was a reception by the American president or Turkey's ambassador: "I love movement. I want to be useful for my people."
For Alexander Spendiaryan, the roads bringing him to Armenia were the bright names of the history of Armenian culture as well as his contemporaries: Hovhannes Ayvazovski, Vardges Surenyants, Nikoghayos Tigranyan, Romanos Melikyan, Spiridon Melikyan, Hovhannes Tumanyan, Sheram, and others. Tigran Sargsyan, chief fund curator of the Spendiaryan House-Museum, tells the stories of those known and unknown meetings.
Kamilla Yerkanyan and Armine Abajyan... offsprings of musicians' families, pianists with different, restless and dreamy, characters, who represent the Kamar (meaning "arch" in Armenian) Duo. Today they are respected pedagogues at Beirut Conservatory. After their first concert in Armenia, they are the guests of our program. During our conversation you can listen to compositions by Mirzoyan, Khachaturian, Mozart, and Schubert.
The conversation with Zaven Vardanyan is about an arts worker with an unacceptable type. Our talk is seasoned with citations that have the power of credo: “You should live your life without thinking where you will be given a place: in the Komitas Pantheon or in the City Pantheon.” One more: “It is beautiful when our life passes by giving more than receiving and with the desire to perfect what is imperfect.”
America-based composer Tatev Amiryan and famous pianist Hayk Melikyan released their first joint CD titled "Ortus." This young composer grew up listening to Komitas' songs that her mother sang. It is very important for her that her audience might take part in her art and listen to her music. "I saw Hayk when he was playing my music... Hayk opened a new window into my world," confesses Tatev.
Prior to Alexander Spendiaryan, no one had thought of creating an orchestra in Armenia. “The Yerevan of the 1920s was like the Weimar of the Romance period when notable musicians started to act. In Armenia, one of those “romanticists” was Alexander Spendiaryan. He came to the Fatherland with a great devotion and created serious cultural values” -- the words of writer, publicist Marieta Shahinyan are quoted by our guest, the chief fund curator of the Spendiaryan House-Museum Tigran Sargsyan, who adds that one of those values was the first Armenian orchestra.