Soft as velvet: Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends' ‘homey’ tribute to ‘Makhmur Aghjik’
Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends Band
July 07, 2020
For the past nine years, the Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends Band (MVF Band) has been cementing their place in the Armenian music scene—and beyond. Their distinct take on the folk genre has taken them on tour across Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and there is hardly a club or venue in Yerevan where they have not jammed. These days, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced musicians inside. But the folks at MVF Band are undeterred. Check out the music video of their latest song, a beautiful cover of “Makhmur Aghjik,” below!
Folk jazz fusion
July 3, 2020
Բուրիր բոյրով քո անուշ,
Աշխարհ լցրու երազով աղջիկ...
With your sweet scent,
Filling the world with dreams, girl...
A male voice glides along stuffed bookcases, antique furniture, and a Russian calendar—set open to Aug. 25, 1977. On that day, 29 years later, the owner of this home, the great Silva Kaputikian, would take her last breath. Not a person in sight. Just images of a past, rolling by, in the empty home of a deceased writer. Watching in silence, the reel is haunting, but set to music, one is soothed.
Where sound and sight meet
Guided by the music, the viewer tiptoes through the empty house-museum of the late Kaputikian. The band’s reasoning for shooting there was natural, says Voskanyan, as the mood and aura of the composition were born there. The video is a tribute to the woman behind the words (and the man behind the music, for that matter). Indeed, there is poetry in that, too. The lyrics describe the enrapturing grace of a beautiful “velvet” girl. In a way, the MVF Band has elevated the writer to the protagonist of her own love song. She is the velvet girl.
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"Makhmur Aghjik" by the MVF Band
(MVF Band YouTube page)
"Makhmur Aghjik" by the MVF Band
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