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Charentsavan: Music for Armenian Duduk

by Arsen Petrosyan

Arsen Petrosyan, Armenian Duduk
Genre: World: World Traditions
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Album Notes
Arsen Petrosyan, Armenian Duduk
Charentsavan: Music for Armenian Duduk

A Pomegranate Music Production
Produced by: Raffi Meneshian
Associate Producer: Arsen Petrosyan
Special Consultant: Martin Haroutunian
Executive Producer: Raffi Meneshian
Recorded and Mastered By: Michael “Mika” Margaryan
Recorded and Mastered At: Mi-Productions
Yerevan, Armenia (July 2015)

Design: Arsineh Valladian
Photography: Berta Martirosyan
Liner Notes: Raffi Meneshian


Arsen Petrosyan is an Armenian duduk player who lives in Charentsavan, Armenia. He is a graduate of the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, where he studied under renowned duduk master Gevorg Dabaghyan. Considered a musical prodigy, he initially began his studies with mentor Krikor Khachtryan starting out on the shvi (an Armenian wind instrument) at the age of six.

Despite his relatively young age (born in 1994), Petrosyan is a seasoned professional who has performed extensively throughout the United States, Russia, Canada, India, Germany, Spain (Canary Islands), France, the Republic of Georgia as well as his native Armenia. He is currently a soloist with the Armenian Traditional Music Ensemble (Yerevan) as well as having recently created his own group, the Arsen Petrosyan Trio. Petrosyan has participated as a member of the Naregatsi Ensemble.

A native of Charentsavan, Armenia, Petrosyan’s family originally hails from an Armenian enclave in Georgia called Javakhk. This is Arsen Petrosyan’s debut solo album.


Charentsavan: Music for Armenian Duduk was produced, in part, to introduce the youngest of the next generation of duduk masters to the world. In creating the programming for this album, the goal was to have a consistent sound while adhering to a code of presenting diverse composers to global audiences. From Grigor Narekatsi to Sayat Nova to Ara Dinkjian, Charentsavan is aimed at showcasing the richness of compositions from in and around historic, present day Republic, and Diasporan Armenia.

Recorded in less than three weeks in Yerevan, Armenia during the summer of 2015, this album clocks in at an intentionally efficient 29 minutes. I didn’t feel that I, or the average music listener could listen, retain, and ultimately appreciate a traditional and standard 60 minute dam (second drone duduk) and duduk album. So, we cut the time in half and added instruments such as the harp, acoustic guitar, udu drum, and a few traditional Armenian instruments to change things up a bit. This is not to take away from the sonic beauty of the instrument, rather, to acknowledge modern listening habits. We tried to create an album with a theme, rather than a collection of unrelated pieces.

Arsen Petrosyan is a 21 year old duduk master from a small town just outside of Yerevan called Charenstavan. A former industrial town named after the famous Armenian poet Yeghishe Charents, Charentsavan is now just a mere shell of what it was. With less than 5,000 people, it has the distinct feeling of a former Soviet outpost with abandoned factories everywhere. Yet, despite the modest surroundings, it is home to a handful of very proud and extremely self-sufficient people.

Whether it be Mush, Javakhk, Kessab, Palu, or even New Jersey, Armenians are connected by a rich tradition of music and culture despite their rather challenging history and geographic disadvantage. Petrosyan acknowledges this with his album trying connect almost a millennia of programming into 29 minutes. What he achieves is fascinating, while reminding us that we are all from somewhere. We all have a home. For him, it’s Charentsavan.



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