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Fragments

by Vahagni

This rare gem of an album is a gift to all the musicians who like flamenco, jazz, progressive rock, classical guitar music and so on. Tigran Hamasyan
Genre: World: Flamenco
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1. Fragment 1 (Blue)
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2. Fragment 2 (Gold)
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3. Fragment 3 (Turquoise)
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Fragments Liner Notes
Vahagni’s new release Fragments is a brilliant achievement in the world of modern guitar music. Rooted in flamenco, Vahagni takes the music to a place where it has never been before, thanks to his contemporary classical, modern jazz and Armenian folk musical knowledge. You cannot mistake Vahagni for flamenco guitar music that has “some influence of this and that”, it’s a way of thinking that he has achieved over the years. All of these elements act as one entity and not as mere “influences”. This is what Vahagni’s world represents and who he is as an artist.
This collection of three short compositions featuring guitar and percussion are full of beautiful melodies that are intertwined with complex lines that provide an effortless feeling of groove throughout the entire EP. Harmonically it goes to places that I have never heard any flamenco guitarist go.
When it comes to traditional music or flamenco music it is a really dangerous task, and requires a lot of responsibility, to add “new” harmonies to music that doesn't necessarily need harmonies. In the case of flamenco music, it already has a harmonic tradition that is difficult to overcome.
To create your own world of harmonies by keeping the essence and the form of the tradition is what Vahagni has successfully achieved with this project. It’s really easy to apply new harmonies which only touch the surface of things, and become something cliché. To achieve something meaningful and unique takes years of experience and research.
Over the years, Vahagni has acquired a sense of writing that takes the flamenco guitar to a different dimension. Some of these melodies are like “new” Armenian folk melodies, which make intricate virtuosic guitar lines sound organic and soulful. Since flamenco is one of the most rhythmically challenging and rooted musical traditions in the world, it’s no surprise that Vahagni has pushed his limits in the world of rhythm as well.
In a piece like Fragments 1, Vahagni managed to take a “bulerias” to a place where metric modulation and polyrhythmic ideas are roaming through the piece. It has been created in such a way that does not make the listener think about it’s complexity, but just makes the listener want to move to it. My favorite piece from the EP, Fragments 3 , opens up with a beautiful melody in 12/8 followed by a part that features a virtuosic riff featuring super imposed odd meter groupings and could as well be a progressive rock riff if one replaced the acoustic guitar by an electric one and added some distortion. Though, the brilliance of it is the fact that Vahagni stays true to the acoustic format he chose. The rotating and complex groove at 2:03 which is in 9/4 meter is the climax of the piece. It is absolutely addictive and powerful, this groove is a perfect example of Vahagni’s way of writing a rhythmically complex guitar line by using arpeggiation technique, while the top notes and the bass line simultaneously make up two different beautiful “Armenian-esc” melodies.
This rare gem of an album is a gift to all the musicians who like flamenco, jazz, progressive rock, classical guitar music and so on.
Tigran Hamasyan

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