Vardan Hovanissian & Emre Gültekin symbolize the reconciliation between two people. The sounds they produce with the Armenian duduk and the saz from Turkey are melancholy but also full of hope.
Inspired by a wandering soul and guided by a borderless friendship, the duo’s music weaves links between languages and styles. Their latest collaboration on 'Karin' is a hymn to intercultural exchanges, and it derives its strength from a spirit of sharing and generosity. It delves into the wide variety of traditional repertoires, bringing several lost treasures back to life, but also offers new compositions that address topical issues such as the fate of refugees.
SONGLINES Magazine (UK) **** “[...] Much of the music is vibrant and the meeting of Armenian, Turkish and other musicians to produce something about overcoming historical barriers is uplifting. A potential disc of the year” (Simon Broughton)