Usually performed as a solo instrument, the duduk has been described as the instrument most resembling the cry of the human voice. Considered that national instrument of Armenia, the duduk is a double-reeded cylinder, dating back over 2000 years. It first became popular in the West through Peter Gabriel’s extensive use of duduk melodies in the movie soundtrack, The Last Temptation of Christ. Since then it has been used by Yanni, Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, The Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma, Rabih Abou-Khalil and numerous others. The National Duduk Ensemble of Armenia was founded by Armen Stepanyan, a student of the internationally renowned master Djivan Gasparyan. Here, in their debut recording, they reinterpret classic folk melodies with a choir of duduks, including an innovative bass, alto and soprano duduk.
Musical America "an instrument so pure and soulful that it must have been one of the first sounds to enter the musical universe."