feature On this day - Apr. 17, 1885: Composer and conductor Parsegh Ganatchian was born Birthday celebrations take a poignant turn in April. On this day in 1885, Parsegh Ganatchian, the composer of Armenia’s national anthem, «Մեր հայրենիք» (“Mer hayrenik” | “Our Fatherland”) was born. He had survived the Armenian Genocide by playing the violin to Ottoman army officers!
interview Posthumous vibes: The sun and hope of Harutyun Topikyan’s eternal love More than 40 days ago, on this day, amid the chaos of COVID-19 and the existential battles on various fronts in Artsakh, one of the titanic figures of Armenian choral music, Maestro Harutyun Topikyan, the artistic director and conductor of the Yerevan Chamber Choir succumbed to the vicious virus, months after candidly exposing his unwavering love for Komitas Vardapet in a candid interview with h-pem contributor Gohar Topchyan.
interview Reckoning quarter tones and beating the odds: Barkev Taslakian reaches polyphonic peaks Looking up to his “great teacher” Komitas, Maestro Barkev Taslakian relishes in breaking the mold and making history. His Fayha Choir is all about presenting unprecedented a capella renditions of Arabic songs, which have resonated with and captured the hearts of international audiences. Taslakian takes this vision even further to topple negative stereotypes and to promote unity and cultural diversity in an ever-divided world...
liveStream Komitas Medley - The Yerevan State Chamber Choir A medley of Komitas songs performed by the Yerevan State Chamber Choir at the Mkhitar Sebastatsi Educational Complex of Yerevan on July 27, 2019. (Live recording/stream) Performers: Yerevan State Chamber Choir Chief Conductor: Harutyun Topikyan (Founder; Artistic Director)
multimediaGuide 'Sareri Hovin Mernem': The timeless love ballad If there were any misgivings about Armenian being a language of love and romance, this song should put those doubts to rest. "Sareri Hovin Mernem (Սարերի հովին մեռնեմ)" (“I’ll Die for the Wind of the Mountains”) is just one of those songs that can have you drop whatever you are doing to listen. Every. Single. Time.