Melodies from Antiquity

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Shvi Solo – Norair Kartashyan: Shvi
Sari Aghchik – Al Ayloughes Norair Kartashyan: Shvi & Bloul, Varo Hovhannisyan: Duduk Dam, Robert Douruntz: Dhol
Shadakhi Bar – Norair Kartashyan: Zurna, Varo Hovhannisyan: Zurna Dam, Robert Douruntz: Dhol
Khorodik – Norair Kartashyan Duduk Varo Hovhannisyan Duduk Dam Robert Douruntz Dhol
Bloul Solo (Ararat Valley Region) – Norair Kartashyan: Bloul
Oud Solo – Aram Nigoghosian: Oud
Hoondz – Arto Tuncboyaciyan: Percussions, Vik Momjian: Bass, Norair Kartashyan: Bloul & Shvi, Varo Hovhannisyan: Duduks, Robert Douruntz: Dhol, Armen Ayvazyan: Kamancha, Garineh, Hovhannisyan: Kanoun, Aram Nigoghosian: Oud
Kanoun Solo – Garineh Hovhannisyan: Kanoun
Trabizontsineri Bar – Vik Momjian: Bass, Norair Kartashyan: Bloul & Shvi, Varo Hovhannisyan: Duduks, Robert Douruntz: Dhol, Armen Ayvazyan: Kamancha, Garineh Hovhannisyan: Kanoun, Aram Nigoghosian: Oud
Dle Yaman – Norair Kartashyan: Duduk, Artiom Minasyan: Duduk Dam
Tamzara – Arto Tuncboyaciyan: Percussions, Vik Momjian: Bass, Norair Kartashyan: Bloul & Shvi, Varo Hovhannisyan: Duduks, Robert Douruntz: Dhol, Armen Ayvazyan: Kamancha, Garineh Hovhannisyan: Kanoun, Aram Nigoghosian: Oud
Kezanits Mas Chounim – Norair Kartashyan: Bloul, Varo Hovhannisyan: Duduk am, Alik Peloshyan: Dhol
Noroyi Bar – Norair Kartashyan: Bloul, Varo Hovhannisyan: Duduk Dam, Alik Peloshyan: Dhol
Malatyayi Bar – Norair Kartashyan: Zurna, Varo Hovhannisyan: Zurna Dam, Alik Peloshyan: Dhol/Kopal Dhol
Oud Solo (Chaygah) – Aram Nigoghosian: Oud
Bloul Solo (Van Region) – Norair Kartashyan: Bloul
Lorkeh – Arto Tuncboyaciyan: Percussions, Norair Kartashyan: Zurna
BONUS CD EXTRA – Tamzara Video Clip

Credits
Produced by Vik Momjian & Norair Kartashyan
Executive Producers: John O. Bas & H. Harry Moumdjian
Recorded & Mixed at VEM Recording Studios in Yerevan, Armenian, March & April 2004
by Vik Momjian, Arman Avetisyan & Norair Kartashyan
Video transfer by Edwin Ghadimi at Eyeful Film
Video editing by Mashiat Sadeghi & Parisa Afshari
Mastered by Murad Jambazian at ENAS Cassette World, Inc.
Design & layout by Khajag Zeitlian
Thanks to all the talented musicians who made this album a reality, Bob Archigian of E. & O. Mari La Bella for his insight & encouragement on this project, John O. Bas & H. Harry Moumdjian for their steadfast support.
Special thanks to Arto Tuncboyaciyan for contributing his magical touch & soul to this project, my friend & colleague Norair Kartashyan for his amazing musical talent & knowledge of traditional Armenian music & instruments, Nick, Avo, Sam & Murad at ENAS Cassette World for years of friendship & great expertise in CD duplication, L.G for her unconditional friendship & support, & last but not least, Almighty God for the gift of music & the opportunity to present my Armenian musical heritage to the world. — Vik Momjian
Vik Momjian plays & endorses Bartolini Pickups & Electronics, Bergantino Audio Systems Bass Cabinets, La Bella Strings & Walter Woods Amps.

Chris Bleth’s Testimony

Chris Bleth first heard the duduk in the early 1990s at a rare Los Angeles performance by Djivan Gasparyan, who is known throughout the world as the Master of the Armenian duduk. Soon after, Chris became Master Gasparyan’s first American student.

Chris also performs on many other world-music flutes as well as orchestral woodwinds such as oboe, English horn, flutes, clarinets, and saxophones. His recent film credits include featured solo duduk and world winds on “The Chronicles of Narnia.” He also performed on “Vantage Point,” “The Kite Runner,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” “The Simpsons Movie,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “Evan Almighty,” and “The Game Plan” among many others.

Recent television credits include “Brothers and Sisters,” “Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles;” “Eli Stone,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “King of the Hill,” and the NOVA/PBS special, “The Mummy Who Would Be King.”

Chris has played Duduk and other woodwinds on video games such as Myst 4, The Prince Of Persia: The Two Thrones, and Medal of Honor: Rising Sun.

Chris has recorded with Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Tony Williams, Jose Feliciano, Azam Ali, Strunz & Farah, Jane’s Addiction, John Tesh, Enrique Iglesias as well as on three albums with the West Coast Saxophone Quartet, of which he was a founding member. He is a member of the oboe section of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and has also performed on oboe with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Los Angeles Opera, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theater.

My life as a duduk player has gotten SO much easier since discovering ARARAT MUSIC instruments and ghamish. It is very reassuring to know that I now have a great source for high quality and play-tested Armenian instruments and ghamish. The recent solo duduk recordings I have done for Hans Zimmer (“Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”), Alberto Iglesias (the upcoming film “The Kite Runner”) and Atli Orvarsson (the upcoming film “Vantage Point”) were all done using your duduks and ghamish and they sounded great! They have also helped me perform the intricate scores that Bear McCreary composes for “Battlestar Gallactica.” Thank you for making these available to us!

– Chris Bleth
www.chrisbleth.com