“The Duduk is a unified symphony of the human spirit; it gives voice to the lament of our bitter past in one instance, the song of our present life in another and to the hymn of our faith and strength”.
Jivan Gasparyan, one of the Armenia’s greatest musicians, is the foremost master of the duduk. Owing in part to his recordings and concerts over the past few decades, the duduk and Armenian music have received widespread international attention. His three recordings available in America, including »I Will Not Be Sad In This World » (Opal), have met with widespread critical acclaim.
Jivan Gasparyan is recognized as the most accomplished and influential musician in the history of the duduk. But more than a musician, he is an icon, a living embodiment of the history of Armenian traditional, folk music. He has become a true cultural hero of his culture. Jivan Gasparyan is a musician, who during his seventy years of professional career has earned global recognition for an unassuming instrument, turning the shepherd’s flute into a rising star of Hollywood. Despite his talent and commitment to world music, he has changed the parameters of the duduk placing it with new musical connections, thus sounding out all its possibilities and making it a universal instrument.