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Apricots From Eden

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Taran Taran (They Carried Her Away)
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Erzerum Dance Tunes
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Marash Dance Tunes
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Tanoum en Mayrik & Ghazakhi (They Are Carrying Me Away Mother)
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Yerevan bagh em arel & Yes Poujour ((I Have Planted an Orchard in Yerevan / I am)
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Halay (Folk Dance)
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Pepo's Song
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Tariners antsan (The Years of My Youth Have Gone)
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Shalako (Folk Dance)
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Djangyuloum (Divination Song)
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Sourmaloui Yerk (Apricots from Eden)
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 56:05

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Djivan Gasparyan, Apricots From Eden
2005 | Label: Traditional Crossroads / The Orchard

Like neighboring Turkey, Armenia is a continental and cultural crossroads. Gasparyan's gorgeously played reeded horn, called the dudek, reflects myriad influences; there are the sinuous, Middle Eastern lines of "Taran Taran" and "Marash Dance Tunes," tempered by the sound of the Balkans on "Halay" and exotic Asia on "Pepo's Song." It's an object lesson in the instrument, the way music can adapt and change — and in how Middle Eastern modes have spread so far.

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E real jewell!


Such a beauty to listen too in any setting. Thanks Emusic.

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A most beautiful tone from the world's master


Listen to the previews. If you like the melancholy of the duduk's sound you will adore this, with its delicate percussion.

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Apricots from Eden


Divian Gasparyan is one of the best Armenian Duduk players I know and his music is divine to listen too

They Say All Music Guide

Djivan Gasparyan gained international notoriety when Brian Eno reissued his I Will Not Be Sad in This World on his Opal label in 1979. That recording, with all of its haunting, deeply ethereal, and entrancing beauty, was recorded with only two duduks — an Armenian folk instrument that resembles the oboe — one for the melodic improvising and song structure, and one to accompany strictly as a drone. This album, recorded in 1995 and issued in 1996, is a much more classically oriented outing. It features not only Mr. Gasparyan accompanied by another duduk player — Vachik Avakian — but also by a percussionist, Levon Arshakling, on the d’hol. The musical types here are much more varied as well. Produced by the celebrated Richard Hagopian, the set begins with a wedding song, “Taran Taran.” The time signatures float in Armenian music, and in the intermittent times they are fixed, it is almost impossible to nail them down. Following is a series of dance tunes, but not in the celebratory sense. These are ritualistic dances and are performed ceremonially. The soundtrack that this music provides is solemn, lonely, and sketched, as the moon through clouds. When Mr. Gasparyan and company move into more celebratory territory, as they do in the love song medley “Yerevan Bagh Em Arel” and “Yes Poujour” and on the folk dance “Halay,” they leave their solemnity behind, but the songs themselves becomes a kind of poetry, formal, heartfelt, and full of an elusive grandeur that is central to Eastern European music that has been touched by Asian musical systems. In sum, this is as fine a recording as Mr. Gasparyan’s earlier effort, and in some ways more engaging. It should not be missed. – Thom Jurek

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