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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 20 | volume IV | April-May, 2001



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Blesok no. 20April-May, 2001
Sound Reviews

Interview with Djivan Gasparian

"Bad people don't make good musicians"


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Ljupčo Jolevski

World famous artist and the unsurpassed duduk player Djivan Gasparian talks for BLESOK about his reception with the Macedonian audience, his travels, the musicians he cooperated with, his wishes and plans.

BLESOK: Djivan Gasparian opened his soul twice for the Macedonian audience. He made two very similar, but also different concerts. During the first one in Kurshumli-An, the ambiance and the emotions melted, while the second one was a place to offer the cleanliness of the music and the stirred soul of the great artist. How did you experience these performances?

GASPARIAN: I agree that these two happenings were beautiful, and I personally am very satisfied from the last-night performance. I simply think that the barriers between me, the performer, and the audience vanished, we offered our souls to each other, and melted. On top of it this concert was far better organized and technically more advanced.

BLESOK: If by last summer you were a cult-personality, it seems now that you are a great pop-icon who knows to draw the attention of a larger audience.

GASPARIAN: That’s right. I think that if the people don’t know the artist, it would be hard for him to establish contact with the audience. I reckon that in Macedonia I am the same thing that I am in my native Armenia. If the people did not know my music, they wouldn’t have accepted it with such delight. I am very happy because the audience received me as one of their own, as they would receive a Macedonian.

BLESOK: So, we can conclude that Gasparian, not only because of the presence of Dragan Dautovski Quartet, but on his own also, accomplished to build a bridge, to connect the Armenian and the Macedonian music, the souls of both peoples.

GASPARIAN: That was really interesting. That was not only my idea, but also result of the efforts of Goran Tanevski, the organizer of both my concerts. He came behind that idea, which the audience loved. By the way, this is not my first meeting with Dautovski. We talked once on a festival in Israel, but this is the first time to play together. I have no doubts that we both had a good time, which we shared the joy of playing together. I hope to meet again, and even record something with him. I always work with different musicians and do not insist for them to be world-famous. On the contrary. I’ve






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