Djivan Gasparyan, Apricots From Eden

Chris Nickson

By Chris Nickson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A Middle Eastern melting pot.

Like neighboring Turkey, Armenia is a continental and cultural crossroads. Gasparyan's gorgeously played reeded horn, called the dudek, reflects myriad influences; there are the sinuous, Middle Eastern lines of "Taran Taran" and "Marash Dance Tunes," tempered by the sound of the Balkans on "Halay" and exotic Asia on "Pepo's Song." It's an object lesson in the instrument, the way music can adapt and change — and in how Middle Eastern modes have spread so far.