Genre fusion clearly knows no bounds in the 21st Century. In 'Luys i Luso' ('Light from the Light'), jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan is peeling back the layers of the Soviet Union and "a hundred years of atheism" to reveal the most ancient, and so far, stagnant, motifs of Armenian hymns.
Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin will be leading a special concert at Carnegie Hall entitled "With You, Armenia" in commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks some 100 years ago. As Classicalite contributor James Inverne duly lets us know, the concert will juxtapose Armenian composers with works by Chopin and, surprise, will feature the world premiere of a newly composed work by Krzysztof Penderecki. Poland's greatest living composer, as per the 'Guardian,' yes, Mr. Penderecki is all too familiar with historical horrors--and how to honor them.
Why, you ask, is an elder stateswoman of bel canto considered persona non grata back in Baku?