REVOLUTION17 : Vardan and Emre

8pm to 11pm @ Rich Mix

£10 online or £12 on the door

Nest Collective Presents

Dash Gig and Nest Collective present: Vardan and Emre


After studying the duduk under master instrumentalist Khatchik Khatchatryan, Vardan Hovanissian developed into a talented ambassador for one of the most ancient of double-reed instruments and the embodiment of the very sound and soul of Armenia. More than ten years ago he found a musical soulmate in Emre Gültekin, who was initiated into the art of the Turkish saz by Talip Özkan and his father, the bard Lütfü Gültekin.

A friendship capable of overcoming frontiers has brought them to Adana, their first CD as a duo. No mere reference to the city that bore the brunt of the Armenian tragedy just a century ago, Adana also stands for the hope the musicians share of an Adana where Armenians and Turks live in harmony. The album also symbolises reconciliation and friendship between two cultures that have many roots in common. The harmonious match of the Armenian and Turkish song texts with the melancholy timbre of the Armenian duduk and the virtuosity of the Turkish saz and tanbûr make for an album that shows it is possible to look at history and generate something positive.

With the album Adana, Vardan Hovanissian and Emre Gültekin have won the Octave de la Musique 2016 for World Music.



Running As part of REVOLUTION17

Creative responses to turbulent times…

Brexit, Trump, ‘post-truth’ politics… 2016 gave us plenty to rail against. In this, the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, we invite artists, thinkers and curators to respond to the theme of revolution through performance, discussion and music.

As part of this programme, we are delighted to be partnering with our artistic partners Dash Arts & Rich Mix to offer a unique artistic experience of the Soviet and post-Soviet story since the Russian Revolution. REVOLUTION17 will culminate in an explosion of new theatre, music and art marking the anniversary of the October Revolution offering support to migrant artists to pursue their creative potential within the UK arts ecology.

Supported by PRS for Music Foundation

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Vardan and Emre

Venue Info:
Rich Mix

35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA

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