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Օրոր ու Նանի / Oror ou Nani: Armenian Lullabies

Khatchadour Khatchadourian

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Welcome to Օրոր ու Նանի - Oror ou Nani: Armenian Lullabies album. The album was made possible through a successful Kickstarter campaign and through the generous support of over 230 backers located within the U.S. and internationally.

Though originally conceived as a project for children, adults may also find rest and relaxation listening to the album.The tracks intentionally start with more lively songs, and the album gradually moves towards slower, meditative lullabies. This is to bring a gradual movement towards rest, relaxation and sleep.

Khatchadour sings in the Western-Armenian dialect. The songs, however, originate from the Eastern-Armenian dialect, which the lyrics and transliterations reflect. Additionally, words such as “oror,” “nani,” and “nanay” are common meditative Armenian sounds that denote “rock-a-bye,” “lullaby,” or “sleep.” English translations are also prepared per song and are found in the downloadable booklet for non-Armenian listeners.

Armenian lullabies are traditionally sung by women. One of the aims of this album is to bridge the gender gap by creating the first modern set of Armenian lullabies sung in a male voice, with the hope of involving all parents in their children’s bedtime rituals. Lullabies are one of the ways in which parent and child can reach a restful and a meditative space together, while intimately communing with the powerful love force, the parent-child bond.

Making this album has been a heartfelt journey of musical unfolding. It gave Khatchadour the opportunity to broaden his creative approach by presenting Armenian meditative voice, blended with electronica and other modern instrumentation, while honoring the ancient sounds of the Duduk woodwind.

Released on February 22, 2019. Recorded, Mixed & Produced by: Todd Boston at Magic Cottage Studios; Co-Produced by: Khatchadour Khatchadourian; Mastered by: Michael Romanowski at Coast Mastering; Executive Producers: Sirouhi Torkomian & Hasmig Tatiossian; Album Cover Illustration & Graphic Design: Martin Vaneskeheian; Khatchadour Khatchadourian All Rights Reserved ℗©

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Khatchadour Khatchadourian

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To Bare the voice, a Witness for soul.

While "Flight" takes us towards the beloved, "Hymns of Another World" reflects on one's search for meaning and openness to new inner/outer worlds. "Burning Soul" makes vivid the struggles a soul encounters, while "Prayer" pays homage to the wind and prays with humility.

I recommend enjoying the tracks through a home studio or a good pair of audio speakers. Lyrics provided with full album purchase.

Released on May 22, 2016; Produced by Todd Boston; Recorded and Mixed at Magic Cottage Studios; Pads and Atmospheres by Todd Boston; Mastered by Ryan Kleeman; Lyrics for 'Flight' co-written with Sonia Tatiossian; Lyrics for 'Hymns of Another World' written by Avedis Seropian; Vocals and Duduk woodwind by Khatchadour Khatchadourian; ℗© All Rights Reserved Khatchadour Khatchadourian

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Khatchadour Khatchadourian & Saideh Eftekhari

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Delbedel is an amalgamation of the Farsi words del (soul) and bé (to)—"del bé del” gives us the phrase “soul to soul.” As sound travels on the pathway of souls, delbedel invites the listener to make their own journey inward.

Saideh is a Tehran-born, Kansas-raised vocalist, violinist and setar player. Nomadic at heart, she draws inspiration from the diverse soundscapes of her sojourns in various countries of the world.

Khatchadour is born in Beirut, and is a vocalist and a duduk player. He references Armenian and Arabic vocal traditions and experiments with electronic soundscapes.

Listening Suggestions: Given the richly detailed and intricate soundscapes, we recommend enjoying the tracks on a home studio or through a good pair of audio speakers.

Released on October 5, 2014; Recorded and Mixed by Brad Murphy; Mastered by Ryan Kleeman; ℗© All Rights Reserved Saideh Eftekhari & Khatchadour Khatchadourian

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Ascent explores two directions: meditative (tracks 1, 2, 5) and cinematic (tracks 3, 4)

This work would not have been completed without the help of several individuals: Avedis Seropian for the wonderful lyrics of track one, Amir Bozorgi for the careful listening and feedback he gave me, and Brad Murphy for initially letting me use his computer software for generating part of the background music of track one.

Note: I recorded this album in my apartment (Home Studio), and the album is not professionally mixed nor mastered as is offered for free. The most ideal listening environment is through home sound systems or with a good pair of headphones.

Track 1 Lyrics: SLATSKN HOKVOU: SOARING SPIRIT Antorr Hokvou--Tranquil Spirit's Lour Arahed--Silent Journey Dantchvogh Srdi--Suffering Heart's Tangakin Ser--Precious Love ... Lourt Acherou-- Gaze of Azure Mrayl Housherou--Misty Memories Molor Mdkerou--Shadowed Thoughts Djshmarid Ser--Truthful Love

Released on June 6, 2013; Lyrics for Slatskn Hokvou are copyrighted to Avedis Seropian; Album cover and music are copyrighted to Khatchadour Khatchadourian ℗© All Rights Reserved Khatchadour Khatchadourian

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Khatchadour Khatchadourian & Robert Kudrna

We have combined the ancient Armenian double reed woodwind, the Duduk, with the contemporary singing crystal bowls to produce unique music. As musicians, we let them interplay and produce melodies we found to be mysterious, yet quite natural. The Duduks and singing bowls seem made for each other.

Released on March 14, 2011;

Special thanks to Franklin Miller of Leo's ProAudio, Oakland California, for his insights and technical expertise. Thanks to Natalie LoBue for introducing Robert and Khatchadour to one another. And thank you to Shea A.J. Comfort for patiently teaching Khatchadour the Duduk for the past four years.

Particular thanks to Seeroon Yeretzian for providing the cover arts. Seeroon is an artist based in southern California. To find more about her work visit www.seeroonart.com

In memory of Robert Kudrna, who passed away a few months after the release of Arshaluys, the album is offered for free.

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