TITLE: David and Levon Ayriyan
SPEAKER: David Ayriyan
EVENT DATE: 04/12/2006
RUNNING TIME: 58 minutes
David and Levon Ayriyan performed Armenian music from Rhode Island, another in the Homegrown Concert Series sponsored by the American Folklife Center. David Ayirian plays Armenian dance music and is accompanied by his son on the dumbek, a Middle Eastern drum. The kemancha is one of the oldest stringed instruments from the Middle East. Played in ancient Persia, it has continued to be used for both classical and popular repertoires in such areas as Armenia and Azerbaijan. It is a three-stringed or four-stringed instrument played with a bow, held upright like a cello.
Speaker Biography: David Ayriyan is the inheritor of a long family tradition in music. He learned to play the violin and the kemancha from his father and from such illustrious masters as Nefton Gregorian. Ayriyan is a true master with an impressive list of performances both as a soloist and as an instrumentalist with international symphony orchestras.