BENIK ABOVIAN & ZAVEN AZIBEKIAN
> Traditional musicians from Tavush
Duduk music - Masterpiece of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Unesco)
Recommended by Répertoire
Monde de la Musique : ★★★★
1 CD W 260106 SC848
RECORDINGS, NICOLAS BERGER - LINER NOTES, ANTOINE CHAUDAGNE & ARTASHES HOVHANNISYAN.
© MCM 2002
Benik Abovian, hautbois zurna
Zaven Azibekian, hautbois duduk, flûte sring
Kamo Nazarian, duduk & zurna
Albert Harutyunian, tambour dhol
The Tavush Province, North-Eastern Armenia, has kept remarkably its musical traditions, still alive during weddings, festivals and funerals. Benik Abovian (†) and Zaven Azibekian follow the ancient tradition of the Armenian bards and are known as the best folk musicians in Tavush: Benik has the reputation of a virtuoso and inventive player, while Zaven is highly appreciated for the deep expressiveness of his interpretations. Throughout this CD the rejoicing improvisations on the zurna alternate with the heartrending moans of the duduk and the pastoral cantilenas of the sring flute.