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'When he lifted his duduk to his lips he cast a spell over all who listened': Peter Gabriel on Djivan Gasparyan

12:00, July 7

Genesis rock band co-founder Peter Gabriel took to his website to share a note dedicated to the memory of legendary Armenian duduk player Djivan Gasparyan.

The world-famous duduk player passed away yesterday aged 92.

"I fell in love with the music of the duduk when I was introduced to it during the research for the film score of Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ. In Armenia they say that when the duduk is played well, everyone cries. The great master of the instrument was Djivan Gasparyan.

He was a delightful companion, with a great sense of mischief and I loved the soulfulness that poured out of him when we were lucky enough to see him or to play with him.

One evening at Real World Studios he stood up in the dining room in the middle of the meal and said, “I am playing this for my mother.” Not a dry eye in the room. When he lifted his duduk to his lips he cast a spell over all who listened. Thank you, Djivan."

Photos: Courtesy of Garik Israelian, Facebook


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