Mr. Papazian

Paul Cutler's picture

Merry Christmas!

pbc

Si_Daniels's picture

Shenoraavor Nor Dari yew Pari Gaghand

nina's picture

Շնորհաւոր Ծնունդ:
Be merry. :-)

hrant's picture

Awww, you guys remembered the real Christmas! ;->

(Paul, thank you - I'm touched. Really.)

hhp

Aleme's picture

Merry Christmas!

oprion's picture

С Рождеством Христовым!
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Paul Cutler's picture

dezcom - Scary! :)

All it needs is a heavily reverbed zourna. Of course that might have kicked in after the first 5 seconds, which is about all I needed to "grok" the content.

However this is pretty interesting:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EM8tfKPXYos&feature=related

pbc

nina's picture

Wow, thank you, that is hypnotizingly beautiful.

Paul Cutler's picture

Armenian music is rich and deep. Unfortunately mostly what we experience is the pop version around here, especially in Hrant's stomping grounds. :)

If you like that look up Joe Zeytoonian, he is just a fabulous oud player.

pbc

hrant's picture

Paul, nice choice. And yes, the pop stuff is generally horrid. One of the worst things about Armenian weddings. BTW, the 'ood (you can't really write it in English...) is my favorite instrument (bagpipes come in second), it sounds so primordial. And coincidentally one of its best players goes by the name of Udi Hrant!

hhp

Paul Cutler's picture

A gentleman is a man who can play the bagpipe and who does not. - British saying

"…I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made object never equalled the purity of sound achieved by the pig."
-Alfred Hitchcock

Love the bagpipes - from a distance, echoing through Edinburgh, floating on the wind. Also love the uilleann pipes, their Irish cousin. There's an old Roma tradition of playing bagpipes in Hungary. Check out these wicked Hungarian bagpipes:
http://www.tobakstudios.com/Bagpipes.htm

The oud has a very distinct sound among stringed instruments. Love it.

The world is full of such great music and all we get "served" is KROQ.

pbc

nina's picture

The world is full of such great music
… and it's so magical when these little windows into other musical worlds open up.
On New Years Eve, I was sitting in a taxi with traditional Afghan music playing, which I had never heard before. I had goosebumps for the entire ride.

hrant's picture

Although a corny name, the Baksheesh Boys have nicely reproduced ancient melodies and songs from Thrace and environs. Some of the tracks on their CD make me feel a thousand years away.

hhp

Paul Cutler's picture

Excellent - the Baksheesh Boys (who are SO much better than their unfortunate name) sent me spinning in cyberspace until I discovered a new and wonderful instrument, the kaval. Cool.

pbc

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hrant's picture

Wow - That's a keeper!

hhp

jcrippen's picture

It’s beautiful! And the right color too, instead of that old red & green stuff from Thomas Nast and Coca-Cola. But shouldn’t there be a ъ at the end of рождеством and христовым if there’s one in съ? I know nobody writes like that anymore outside of the Church, but...

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@James

The squiggly things inside the M's are actually yer's.
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