Richard Hagopian

Armenian Music Through the Ages

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Ud player Richard Hagopian's performances -- supported by son Harold G. on violin and kanun and Hagop Jack Zarzatian on dumbeg percussion -- suggest reams of philosophical discourse in the complex phrasings of the solo instruments and the intricacy with which they are brought together. You can find cause, effect or coincidental references to your favorite far-flung genres here: Greek rembetika, flamenco, East African taarab, Russian, gypsy, and even wisps of Indian filmi soundtrack music in the vocals. Best of all, this isn't a faded snapshot. Hagopian's interpretations add just enough modernity to keep the tradition of innovation alive.

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