'Ton Guka': An intoxicating synthesis of sounds
June 15, 2018
Looking for a sweet folk-jazzy tune that combines traditional instruments with Western brass and strings?
Ethno folk; folk rock; jazz; mashup; contemporary
Check out Armo-folk band Aratta’s (mainly) instrumental mashup of "Ton Guka," a folk song from the Shirak region; "Ishakhanapar" ("Dance of the Lords"); and "Dle Yaman," a love song that was collected and transcribed by Komitas, which in recent years has become a hymn for the Armenian Genocide. This synthesis of sounds is incredibly intoxicating—get ready to be put in a sonorous trance!
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From listening to this tune, it may be a bit difficult to parse the folk song from the modern rabiz... After all, there is no singing here, and the main features of the song seem to be the clarinet and dhol (Armenian drums)—staples of rabiz, kef time (party) music in Armenia.
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