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The Guardian JULY 18, 2014 - by Robin Denselow
DJIVAN GASPARYAN: I WILL NOT BE SAD IN THIS WORLD/MOON SHINES AT NIGHT
Djivan Gasparyan is one of the world's most distinctive, haunting instrumentalists. He's a master of the oboe-like duduk, made of apricot wood and traditionally played by shepherds in his native Armenia, with which he creates surely the most plaintive and atmospheric noises on the planet, as heard on Ridley Scott's Gladiator and Peter Gabriel's soundtrack for Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ. Now comes the re-release of two of his classic recordings. On I Will Not Be Sad In This World, an instrumental set released in Russia in 1983, his pained, expressive playing is matched only against gentle drone effects. Brian Eno said it was "one of the most beautiful and soulful recordings I have ever heard", and brought him to London to work with producer Michael Brook. The resulting Moon Shines At Night, released in 1993, is even more intense, with Gasparyan singing on two tracks. Exquisite.