1958 (age 60)
Lévon Minassian (Լևոն Մինասյան) (born 1958 in Marseilles, France) is a French-Armenian duduk player.
On the discographic plan, it is into 1992 that the work of Lévon Minassian takes dimension, since, solicited by Peter Gabriel (founder of the Genesis group), it is found implied in the albums and the "Secrecy World Live Tour" of the owner of the Realworld label. A blow of projector which will make of him a doudoukist very snuffed by great names of the varieties (of Charles Aznavour with Helene Ségara) or personalities of World Music (Sting, I Muvrini, Simon Emerson, Manu Katché etc).
In parallel, Lévon Minassian undertakes a more personal work with the type-setter of dances and musics of cinema. It is with Armand Amar, that in 1997, a first album is conceived, Lévon Minassian and friends, starting from topics and profane or crowned traditional melodies, in which the doudouk instigates its language with the meeting of other instruments of planets, of the Indian violin to the oud. Fruit three year old of work of the tandem, its new opus, Songs from has world apart, which has just appeared, continues more before the ambition to give to the doudouk a new statute of instrument soloist and a musical space out of the traditional context.
Two accomplices getting busy to invent a universe being inspired less than one form that atmosphere by a poetry to imagine arrangements, to choose stamps, which reveal new colors with the doudouk. This work of reformulation leading to a writing for invited instruments (nickelharpa, violate of love, kamanche, oud, drum) and great formation, in the event Bulgarian Symphony Orchestrated.
In fact, fascinating outdistances with the doudouk played "Eastern", Lévon Minassian reduced, made more fluid, invented roundnesses to him, without anything to make him lose of this capacity of evocation which makes him say "that it is of suffering". This work of emancipation of which one can judge the range through the phrased new ones, the public will be able to judge some with this exceptional recital for which, Lévon Minassian wished to be supported by two doudoukists arriving of Arménie, Arthur Ghasabian (second voice) and Armen Ghazarian (with the bumblebee).
The repertory informing two superb beautiful voice, Roselyne Minassian, major voice of the female Armenian song, and that of Hamlet Gervorgian, "number 1" of the traditional song with Erevan, whose knowledge of the parts of the achoughs and goussans (troubadours and poêtesdont the apogee returns to XVIIIè century) is impressive.
Official website: http://www.levonminassian.com
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