It is truly a shame that such a treasure like Sayat-Nova, whose works were written in Armenian, Azeri, Georgian and Russia has been turned into a tool for nationalism.
Kamyar Jarahzadeh writes a wonderful article on the legendary band here for Ajam Media Collective.
A stunningly beautiful accordionist from the Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, in Russia, Larisa Sadikoeva is seen here playing in several different styles from the Caucasian region.
We don’t have a lot of Circassian music coming around these days, but this cut by Zaid Hajarat is a winner.
After years of having to let this project lie dormant, I’m proud to announce the resurrection of my record label, the Carrera-Linn Cultural Exchange (CLCX). Our first release is from the Russian-based Armenian-American violinist Gregory Ayriyan, who composed all but three of the tracks on this disc. The other composers include Sayat Nova, Komitas, and Niccolò Paganini, so he interprets the cream of the crop.