Saturday, July 31, 2010



The folk master of the duduk, a double-reed woodwind akin to the oboe, was born in 1928 in Armenia and started to play with earnest by age 6. Djivan Gasparyan has circled the globe many times since with his music, often leaving a trance on his audience. He has played with everyone from Hossein Alizadeh to Lionel Ritchie (which is a stretch). He's been with me since twenty years ago when I came upon his first LP I Will Not Be Sad In This World in a dollar bin. Sealed. I was hooked by the title alone. The music was all a blessing.