YEREVAN (Armenpress)–"If there is one musical voice that symbolizes Armenia–Djivan Gasparian’s duduk is that voice," writes The Scotsman (UK)–about the release of a new CD of Gasparian’s recordings.
"This unassuming instrument is a cylinder of apricot-wood with eight finger holes–one thumb-hole–and a range of just one octave–but it requires great skill to play–with circular breathing being just one of the techniques involved," The Scotsman writes.
Gasparian’s genius has long been recognized – with tours over the past 40 years–and collaborations with Peter Gabriel and the Kronos Quartet – but in this lovely CD he returns to the simplicity of his musical roots.
From the first notes of the first track onwards–a mood of poised stillness prevails–as Gasparian weaves his slow musical arabesques over the sound of an accompanying drone; not even the drum–when it softly enters–is allowed to disturb the peace. Each track reinforces the atmosphere; this would make an ideal record for healing purposes–and even to induce a trance.