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duduk, zurna, shvi, blul und pku

Culture X Change #Kaukasus

Thursday, November 11 2021, 11:00 - 12:30
mdw - Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Vienna

Workshop/Lecture with Emmanuel Hovhannisyan (ARM) for students of mdw

Emmanuel Hovhanissyan provides insights into the wind music traditions and tonality of the Caucasus region. He introduces the individual instruments and explains how they are made, their differences and the occasions on which they are played. He also demonstrates different ways of playing and forms of improvisation.
In the evening he plays at Porgy & Bess.

Emmanuel Hovhanissyan

Emmanuel Hovanissjan (*Yerevan 1983) follows in the footsteps of the famous duduk master Djivan Gasparjan. He is passing on the art of duduk playing and the centuries-old melodies to the next generation. He founded a duduk festival and annually gathers the most gifted talents to pay homage to the archaic flute.

The duduk is symbolically at the musical center of Culture X Change #Caucasus. Emmanuel Hovanissjan meets Armenian musicians who pitched their tents in Austria. "The duduk is the link between all Armenians," says Karen Asatrian. "For us, this interaction is also an expression of an active and lived democracy. Within seconds, we cast our individual votes. This gives rise to a lived image of equal and participatory togetherness."


Culture X Change #Kaukasus

From November 10 to 12, 2021 our project Culture X Change #Caucasus will take place. It is a first rapprochement and an attempt to show or intensify artistic connections between Austria, Georgia and Armenia. In Georgia as well as in Armenia, the Austrian Development Cooperation specifically supports projects!