Armenian and Turkish musicians release Adana CD

Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin - Adana

Vardan Hovanissian (duduk, Armenia/Belgium) and Emre Gültekin (saz, tanbur, vocals, Turkey/Belgium) find each other in a new duo album commemorating the Armenian Genocide centenary (in april 2015).

Feelings of melancholy are evoked and juxtaposed to more cheerful melodies, born from a shared passion for music, demonstrating the ability to revive history in a positive way. Accompanied by a number of renowned guest artists from Armenia, Turkey, Syria and Belgium, creating a rich sound palette, traditional melodies rub shoulders with own compositions. This album is part of the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide centenary in 2015.

After studying the duduk under master instrumentalist Khatchik Khatchatryan, Vardan Hovanissian developed into a talented ambassador for one of the most ancient of double-reed instruments and the embodiment of the very sound and soul of Armenia. More than ten years ago he found a musical soulmate in Emre Gültekin, who was initiated into the art of the Turkish saz by Talip Özkan and his father, the bard Lütfü Gültekin.

A friendship capable of overcoming frontiers has brought them to Adana, their first CD as a duo. No mere reference to the city that bore the brunt of the Armenian tragedy just a century ago, Adana also stands for the hope the musicians share of an Adana where Armenians and Turks live in harmony. The album also symbolises reconciliation and friendship between two cultures that have many roots in common. The harmonious match of the Armenian and Turkish song texts with the melancholy timbre of the Armenian duduk and the virtuosity of the Turkish saz and tanbûr make for an album that shows it is possible to look at history and generate something positive.

The CD was released on April 17 on the Muziekrepublique label.