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dillpicker The musicianship on this record is consistently engaging from beginning to end. There's not a low point and it has a unique energy and production quality to it that keeps me listening to this much more than other Caucasian folk recordings. I would recommend this to anyone looking to explore the musical culture of the Caucasus. Favorite track: Qalma Damtskevla.
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Kamancha 03:23
Mawda 06:47
Karin 07:11
Hamchena Par 02:51
Tamzara 03:41
Vard Siretsi 03:45


Their second album "Karin" is the ancient Armenian name for the town of Erzurum, located in what is now Turkey. It refers to the birthplace of Vardan Hovanissian’s grandfather, who was one of 200 survivors following the deportation of around 40,000 people during the Armenian genocide. The album is dedicated to the cosmopolitan period in Karin, which was a meeting place for the different cultures that existed along the Silk Road.

This album sees the duo continuing their exploration of the links between Turkish and Armenian traditions. It broadens the scope to take in the richness of the musical heritage of the troubled region including Georgia, Iran and the Kurdish area.

Inspired by a wandering soul and guided by a borderless friendship, the duo’s music weaves links between languages and styles. This latest collaboration is a hymn to intercultural exchanges, and it derives its strength from a spirit of sharing and generosity. It delves into the wide variety of traditional repertoires, bringing several lost treasures back to life, but also offers new compositions that address topical issues such as the fate of refugees.

The lyrics pass from Armenian to Turkish, Kurdish and Georgian tracing the footsteps of the famous Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova. The melancholy air of the duduk provides a perfect counterpoint to the vibrations of the different long-necked lutes.


released October 19, 2018

Musicians & guests
Vardan Hovanissian : duduk, tav shvi
Emre Gültekin : vocals, bağlama, kopuz, cura, üçtelli, şelpe, divan
Levent Yildrim : zil, bendir, cymbals
Brice Soniano : double bass
Ananuri panduri : vocals
Sepideh Raissadat : vocals, setar
Marat Jeremian : dhol
Gülçiçek Bakır : vocals
Tristan Driessens : ud
Joris Vanvinckenroye : double bass
Raphaël Feye : cello


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Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin Brussels, Belgium

Since he was introduced to the duduk by his master Khachik Khachatryan, Vardan Hovanissian has become one of the most talented ambassadors for this ancient double-reeded instrument whose melancholy tones reflect the Armenian soul. He found his musical soul-mate over ten years ago when he met Emre Gültekin, who learned the art of the Turkish saz from his father Lütfü Gültekin and from Talip Özkan. ... more


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