29-11-2015
Modern versions of 5th-15th century Armenia psalms
Petros Shoujounian has already recorded his songs dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
The songs are the modern versions of 5th-15th century Armenian psalms. The Montreal-based musician and songwriter recorded his four new songs for the string quartet with Molinari String Quartet of Montreal. “Through all this, you show that you have existed, you exist and will grow, even if you are 10,000 kilometers away from your land. I have been living in Montreal for nearly 40 years. It is my invincible devotion to Armenian music that foreigners appreciate. They have always told me that they need me to compose Armenian songs so that I can enrich their culture,” says musician and songwriter Petros Shoujounian. According to him, it’s not very easy to carry out such programs abroad since it requires a lot of thinking and investments, but he says this is like the cultural uplift of the Armenian nation in foreign countries. “A nation shows itself through the arts. We Armenians have had many flaws after being under the dominance of the Ottomans. We haven’t been allowed to produce. Imagine if we Armenians didn’t have Komitas…Of course, there was high quality during the Soviet era, but there is still a lot of work to do,” Shoujounian said. The Montreal-based musician and songwriter has recorded the modern versions of 5th-15th century Armenian psalms with Molinari String Quartet (http://quatuormolinari.qc.ca/en/) and ATMA CLASIQUE (http://www.atmaclassique.com/en/) recording studio, which are very popular in Europe. The songs will be released on April 8, 2016. P.S.: Let us remind that Montreal-based musician and songwriter Petros Shoujounian’s song “Holy Mass and Requiem Service 2015”, which is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, was first released on the Internet in September 2015. The composer worked on this song for nearly five years. This is the first Armenian choral song in terms of capacity. The song was performed by Montreal’s Sent Laurence Choir, which is composed of nearly 100 Canadian singers.