Djivan Gasparyan

I Will Not Be Sad in This World/Moon Shines at Night

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This 2014 reissue from All Saints Records compiles two of Armenian musician and composer Djivan Gasparyan's most compelling albums. Known as the master of the duduk (an ancient double-reed woodwind instrument related to the oboe), Gasparyan debuted with I Will Not Be Sad in This World, originally released in Russia in 1983 and made available worldwide in 1989. The enchanting, often mournful sound of his music and playing style drew admirers from the pop world like Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno. The simple, expressive arrangements of traditional Armenian songs and new compositions on his debut were accompanied only by another, quiet drone instrument. His second album, 1993's Moon Shines at Night, was produced by innovative Canadian guitarist Michael Brook, who provided occasional subtle accompaniment, but generally strove to deliver another similarly uncluttered Gasparyan masterwork. At the time of this 2014 reissue of his first two albums, the 85-year-old musician embarked on a worldwide farewell tour.

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