Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin (BE)

Voices of Minorities

The concert is the part of the Turkish Evening

25 May, 20:00, Fonó Music House

Tickets: in advance 1500 HUF, on the day of the concert 2000 HUF


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.

Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin symbolise the reconciliation between two people. The sounds they produce with the duduk from Armenia and the saz from Turkey are melancholy but also full of hope. The duo continuing their exploration of the links between Turkish and Armenian traditions. It broadens the scope to take in the richness of the musical heritage of the troubled region including Armenia, Turkey, Georgia, Iran and the Kurdish area. Their friendship is capable of overcoming frontiers.

Inspired by a wandering soul and guided by a borderless friendship, the duo’s music weaves links between languages and styles. Their latest collaboration is a hymn to intercultural exchanges, and it derives its strength from a spirit of sharing and generosity. The duo delves into the wide variety of traditional repertoires, bringing several lost treasures back to life, but also offers new compositions that address topical issues such as the fate of refugees.

Vardan Hovanissian - duduk (Armenia – BE)
Emre Gültekin - saz, baglama, tanbȗr, voice (Turkey – BE)
Marat Jeremian - dhol (Armenia – NL)
Joris Vanvinckenroye / Brice Soniano - double bass (BE - FR)


The concerts of Voices of Minorities is supported by the Creative Europe Programme.




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