Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin


After studying the duduk under master instrumentalist Khatchik Khatchatryan, Vardan Hovanissian developed into a talented ambassador for one of the most ancient of double-reed instruments and the embodiment of the very sound and soul of Armenia. More than ten years ago he found a musical soulmate in Emre Gültekin, who was initiated into the art of the Turkish saz by Talip Özkan and his father, the bard Lütfü Gültekin.

A friendship capable of overcoming frontiers has brought them to Adana, their first CD as a duo. No mere reference to the city that bore the brunt of the Armenian tragedy just a century ago, Adana also stands for the hope the musicians share of an Adana where Armenians and Turks live in harmony. The album also symbolises reconciliation and friendship between two cultures that have many roots in common. The harmonious match of the Armenian and Turkish song texts with the melancholy timbre of the Armenian duduk and the virtuosity of the Turkish saz and tanbûr make for an album that shows it is possible to look at history and generate something positive.

With the album Adana, Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültekin have won the Octave de la Musique 2016 for World Music.

- Vardan Hovanissian (duduk) (Armenia – BE): Arrangements, artistic direction, musician

- Emre Gültekin (saz, baglama, voice)(Turkey – BE): Arrangements, musician

- Joris Vanvinckenroye (double bass) (BE) : Musician

- Simon Leleux ( daf, riqq, percussion) (BE): Musician

- Arcadi Bogossian (tar) (Armenia – NL) : Guest
- Ertan Tekin (duduk) (Turkey): Guest
- Ruben Durunts (dhol) (Armenia) : Guest

Info en booking

Lynn Dewitte -, 02 / 217.26.00

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