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Djivan Gasparyan

Djivan Gasparyan / Heavenly Duduk

Heavenly Duduk

The warm, nasal tones of the duduk played by Djivan Gasparayan has enchanted us for years. Armenia’s most famous musician is a living legend, whose reputation has reached Hollywood, where he has created the soundtracks for The Crow, The Siege, The Russia House, for the films of Atom Egoyan and many others. He has won countless prizes, including UNESCO awards. Since the 60s, he has toured the world several times, even playing at the Kremlin for Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev. Brian Eno described one of his albums as "without a doubt one of the most beautiful and most soulful recordings I have ever heard". No wonder that many regard him as the world’s leading duduk virtuoso. There is probably no other woodwind instrument with a softer sound, and the folk music of Armenia seems to harbour a positively inexhaustible store of ballads, performed on this Network recording by Djivan Gasparyan and his fellow musicians with tangible emotion.

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