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Armenian Soundscapes: Duduk Zurna Ney

by Harutyun Chkolyan

Armenian duduk master Harutyun Chkolyan's debut album featuring a blend of styles ranging from Djivan Gasparian, Peter Gabriel, and the Kronos Quartet. Featuring the singles "Offering" (Ara Dinkjian), and "Sunrise" (Garegin Arakelyan).
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunrise
4:16 $0.89
2. Offering
5:44 $0.89
3. Avetis Yev Par
4:49 $0.89
4. Sasna Tsur
4:39 $0.89
5. Blbuli Hid
4:21 $0.89
6. Lai Lai / Artashati Par
5:51 $0.89
7. The Long Goodbye
4:49 $0.89
8. Sahari / Ishkhanapar / Kokh Par
6:50 $0.89
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Album Notes
Harutyun Chkolyan: Armenian Soundscapes: Duduk. Zurna. Ney. (Pomegranate Music, 2016)

A Pomegranate Music Production


1. Sunrise
Garegin Arakelyan (1984– )
(World Premiere Recording)

2. Offering
Ara Dinkjian (1958– )

3. Avetis Yev Par
Grigor Arakelian (1963– )
(World Premiere Recording)

4. Sasna Tsur
Gusan Shahen (1909–1990)

5. Blbuli Hid
Sayat Nova (1712–1795)

6. Lai Lai/Artashati Par
Traditional Armenian Folk

7. The Long Goodbye
Ara Dinkjian (1958– )

8. Sahari / Ishkhanapar / Kokh Par
Traditional Armenian Folk

Guest Musicians

Garegin Arakelyan: Voice, Kelstone, Guitalele, Kalimba, Dap, Santur, Percussions - Track 1
David Geghamyan: Keyboard- Track 2
Aram Nikoghosyan: Ud- Track 2
Albert Ordinyan: Dhol, Dap, Kopal- Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8
Hrachya Abrahamyan: Violin 1- Track 3
Erik Manukyan, Violin 2- Track 3
Narek Darbinyan: Viola- Track 3
Narek Gasparyan: Cello- Track 3
Arsen Mirzoyan: Tar- Track 4
Mkhitar Khachatryan: Kamancha- Track 4
Marine Ohanyan: Kanon- Track 4
Artur Harutyunyan: Keyboard- Track 7
Ashot Voskanyan: Guitar, Cajon, Udu- Track 7
Nikoghayos Vardanyan: Double bass- Track 7
Meline Khachatryan: Voice- Track 7

About the Artist

Harutyun Chkolyan is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in Armenian folk wind instruments such as the duduk, zurna, shvi, pku, in addition to the clarinet and ney flute. 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 on the shvi (an Armenian recorder) at the age of six.

Despite his relatively young age (born in 1991), Chkolyan is a seasoned professional who has performed extensively throughout the United States, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Norway, Bulgaria, Georgia, Croatia, Poland, Artsakh Republic, in addition to his native Armenia. In 2006, he had the honor of performing for Senator Edward Kennedy at the Massachusetts State House. In April 2007, Chkolyan was a featured guest of Marco Werman on PRI’s The World in partnership with BBC and WGBH. He is currently a member of the State Folk Ensemble of Armenia and has performed with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, iCulture Orchestra, as well as other smaller ensembles.

A native of Gavar, Armenia, Harutyun Chkolyan’s family roots are from Old Bayazet (Daroynk). He maintains an active teaching, recording, and performance schedule and resides in Yerevan, Armenia. Armenian Soundscapes: Duduk. Zurna. Ney. is Harutyun Chkolyan’s debut solo album.

About the Music

“Armenian Soundscapes: Duduk. Zurna. Ney” was produced in part to introduce the next generation of duduk masters to the world. In creating programming for this album, one of the goals was to select a diverse set of pieces that reflected a blend of new compositions, innovative arrangements and old fashioned folk music into a comfortable running time of 45 minutes. Taking it a bit further, we sought to add a dash of other folk instruments into the mix such as the zurna and ney in order to take advantage of Harutyun Chkolyan’s multi-instrumental prowess.

Instead of a standard duduk and drone album, the multi-genre approach on “Armenian Soundscapes” was meant in part to emphasize contemporary composers such as Ara Dinkjian (Night Ark), Garegin Arakelyan (Gata Band/Ashugh Bingyol), and Grigor Arakelian. The choice to incorporate Dinkjian’s pieces into this program seemed natural due to the “Anatolian” essence of his pieces. His previous works with Night Ark always featured a signature oud or cumbus sound. We thought it may be interesting to convert his melody lines on “Offering” and “The Long Goodbye” to the duduk and ney respectively. Garegin Arakelyan’s world premiere recording of “Sunrise” harkens listeners back to Peter Gabriel’s groundbreaking work with his “Last Temptation of Christ” soundtrack entitled “Passion”, by incorporating various ethnic instruments with keyboard programming. In sharp contrast, Grigor Arakelian’s world premiere of “Avetis Yet Par” evokes Kronos Quartet-like comparisons in terms of merging an exotic ethnic instrument with a Western style ensemble.

For as much world music fusion that is presented on this album, the core is still Armenian folk music. With that in mind, Harutyun Chkolyan has chosen works by Sayat Nova, Gusan Shahen, and a pair of well known traditional works. He takes a classic approach with improvisational liberties exhibited during the solo sections. The multiple layers of duduk overdubs were meticulously planned and recorded showcasing his creative arrangements. With “Armenian Soundscapes: Duduk. Zurna. Ney.”, Harutyun Chkolyan steps outside the shadows of duduk legend Djivan Gasparian by having crafted a work of true originality.



A Pomegranate Music Production

Produced by Raffi Meneshian

Associate Producer: Harutyun Chkolyan
Executive Producer: Raffi Meneshian
Recorded and Mastered by: Michael “Mika” Margaryan (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 8) & Garik Arakelyan (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7)
Recorded and Mastered at: Mi- Productions (Tracks 2, 4, 5, 8) and Gata Studios (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 7)
Recorded in Yerevan, Armenia (June 2015- January 2016)

Creative Director/Graphic Designer: Arsineh Valladian
Photography: Berta Martirosyan
Special Consultant: Martin Haroutunian
Liner Notes: Raffi Meneshian

Special Note: “Offering” is published by Krikor Music and Universal Music- Careers. “The Long Goodbye” is published by Krikor Music. Both “Offering” and “The Long Goodbye” are composed by Ara Dinkjian. Pomegranate Music, its producers, and artists would like to extend gratitude to Mr. Dinkjian for permission to record his songs.

Legal Stuff: C and P Pomegranate Music 2016, except where noted. Manufactured and marketed exclusively by Pomegranate Music, San Leandro, CA USA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Unauthorized duplication, streaming, distribution or marketing of this product and its contents is strictly prohibited and is a violation of applicable laws.



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