2007-2009: Japan finances the project "Safeguarding of Armenian Duduk Music"
UNESCO has started to implement the Project entitled “Safeguarding of Armenian Duduk Music” in Armenia . This cultural expression was proclaimed Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005.
This Project is financed under the UNESCO/Japan Funds-in-Trust for the Preservation and Promotion of the Intangible Cultural Heritage .
Context and Objectives of the project:
The duduk is the Armenian oboe, a double-reed wind instrument. There are several forms of duduk, each producing different sounds. Nowadays, the duduk music has lost its popularity. Whereas it used to be played in popular festivities, especially in the rural areas and was part of the community life, it now often appears in stage professional performances, losing its traditional social character.
The objective of this thirty month project (November 2006 – April 2009) is to facilitate the safeguarding of this unique tradition.
The project's activities include:
-The publication of a manual which will include historical, theoretical and practical information about the duduk music as well as a DVD with music lessons
-The organization of Master classes in provincial schools -Workshops for the duduk teachers on teaching methods and best practices
-Competitions for students of musical schools aiming at motivating them and taking place in Yerevan.
- Open-air concerts in Armenia to contribute to the revival of interest in the duduk music among the general public and the youth.
This Project will also contribute to the development of a national inventory of duduk traditional music, with the help of a Mobile Studio, also financed by the Project. Some of the above-mentioned activities will be recorded.
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO