Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültekin are releasing their first duo album on the Muziekpublique label. ‘Adana’ is a symbolical commemoration of the Armenian genocide centenary in 2015, referring to the city of Adana. Renowned for their artistic qualities, these two friends present a repertoire of traditional melodies rubbing shoulders with own compositions. They express a virtuosic cry from the heart while holding on to feelings of hope.
Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gultekin tell us the story of the first genocide of the twentieth century, which has about 1.2 million casualties among the Armenian population of the Turkish Empire. The massacre largely took place in the Turkish city of Adana. This project is a symbol of reconciliation, celebrating the sound of the Armenian dudukaccompanied by the Turkish saz with texts in Turkish and Armenian. Feelings of melancholy are evoked and juxtaposed to more cheerful melodies, born from a shared passion for music, demonstrating the ability torevive history in a positive way. Accompanied by a number of renowned guest artists (Armenia, Turkey, Belgium) they create a rich and unique sound palette.