"ON EASTERN WAY…
The sincerity of the playful moment
...Pannonian melancholy mixed with Armenian tradition, a deep utopia in Mediterranean joy, dwelling on Eastern European emigrants’ experience -journeys that are undertaken rather as a necessity then by free will, which have an uncertain duration and represent an ongoing search (maybe only latently) for what is left behind. The journey throughout ever different motives of music, undertaken by this energetic duo, represents a game which leads into the ambient of that what is inter-genre and above-possible, which moves outside of the stone gates of conventional, in the sphere of the trans-national and trans-traditional, without denying the difference between expressions and means of expressions. The collaboration of Kovač and Yengibarian is the point where jazz, contemporary chamber and classical music and the artistic derivatives of the music of the Balkans and Armenia meet. Improvisation is common to both these musicians: it is the language they share. Their freedom in playing music spontaneously is their way to overcome barriers set by music, geopolitics, tradition - their way to make these barriers soft, to provoke there passivity and to make them dance or play in the dynamics of variability, difference and in the form of freedom. The virtuoso dialog of the two musicians, the sincerity of the moment they create and which lasts, makes this music project different, nonconventional, innovative - makes it mirror still unexplored possibilities.
This spontaneous journey, which started as an unplanned meeting, visits the utopia of memories, memories of what was left behind, and brings them to life again, in the freshness of the present moment, with the richness that they acquired as time went by.
David Yengibarian, who is of Armenian origins, was born in Yerevan in 1976. He grew up in a family of musicians. At the age of 9 he joined the Yerevan Music School, and started to play the accordion a year later. In 1995 he continued his studies in music in Hungary, where he has become one of the most sought-after young jazz and world music performers and a composer. He has composed several pieces for the theatre and films. The main source of inspiration for his unique folk music based world is Armenian folk tradition, European and American jazz and improvisatory music, Argentine tango and its revolutioniser, Astor Piazzolla.
Some years ago, I met David, by accident, on the festival in Ulm, Germany. He has been playing a solo set and I liked his way of connecting the East European bitterness, almost wilderness, with the Mediterranean charm and lyricism. It was clear that a man from Eastern Europe is longing for the warmness and light of the Mediterranean. Even his music world was not so close to mine, but that connection, which I feel too, pushed me to approach him after the concert to congratulate him, something, which I seldom do. In the brief conversation appeared that he listened to some works of mine and liked them. That was the seed of our collaboration, which flourished a few years later, in October 2011, in my music studio in Bukovac, Serbia. This meeting generated an extraordinary CHEMISTRY. Everything went very quickly and intensively. I hope the audience will equally share the excitement of our collaboration.
Composer, instrumentalist and multimedia artist Boris Kovač (1955) was born in Novi Sad, Vojvodina province, the Pannonian part of Yugoslavia. He writes music for chamber groups which he rehearses and leads. Many of his projects are to some extent connected with theatre.
From 1991-1995 he mostly lived and worked in Italy, Slovenia and Austria. In 1996 he moved back to Yugoslavia. Working with his RITUAL NOVA ensemble, LaDaABa orchest, La Campanella orchestra, New Ritual Group, Chamber Theatre of Music OGLEDALO, Academy of Fine Skills, and with students he was also trying to re-establish the contemporary music/theatre scene in his country. He has performed his works in more then 500 concerts and festivals in 30 countries.
His works has been published on 15 CDs by Recommended Records (London), Victo (Canada), Piranha (Berlin), Long Arms (Moscow), ADN (Milano) etc. His albums were 3 times in top 10 of European Broadcast Union (World Music Charts Europe). He received the biggest Serbian theatre prize - STERIJA AWARD for music and two times the prize for the best music at CinemaCity festival."