Artist Profiles: Quartet Dudukner

Quartet Dudukner
Quartet Dudukner is an ensemble from Armenia. In addition to international performances, the ensemble provides workshops on traditional duduk in Yerevan, as well as in other countries.

The founder and the chief of the quartet as well as its first duduk is Geaorgy Minasov. G. Minasov was born in Baku, graduated from Baku Musical College, worked as a soloist of the Folk Instruments Orchestra in Azerbaijan State Radio and Television. In 1983 he moved to Yerevan and has been a soloist of Gussan and Folk music Ensemble since then.

At the same time he teaches in Yerevan Musical College after R.Melikian. G.Minasov performed on the stages of many countries such as the United States of America, Canada, Russia, Greece, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Emirates and others. G.Minasov is the author of three text – books on playing duduk. He also created several modifications of duduk: baritone, tenor. As a result, the range of the normal duduk has been enlarged chromatically by a fifth.

He began the work at the instruments in 1992 and in 2002 he got the copyright license for invention. The quartet of duduk-players was founded by Minasov in 1998. In 2001 the quartet recorded its first album.

The repertoire of the quartet includes Armenian fold, gussan songs, and spiritual music, music of peoples of the world, eastern, mugams. The considerable part of the repertoire is the works of Armenian composers: Komitas, Yekmalian, Pahlavuni, Shnorhali, classic music (in author’s adaptation) of Bach, Mozart, Rakhmaninov, Gershvin and also the work of modern composers.

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Quartet Dudukner

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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