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