"GOLDEN GUITAR-2006" REPUBLICAN FESTIVAL OF AUTHOR SONG TO BE HELD IN YEREVAN

Noyan Tapan
Mar 30 2006

YEREVAN, MARCH 30, NOYAN TAPAN. The "Ovation" producer center in
association with the Charity Fund of Cultural Development and RA
Ministry of Culture and Youth Affairs is organizing a "Golden Guitar"
("Voske Kitar") republican festival of author song. Those creating
and performing in the author genre to the accompaniment of guitar
can take part in the festival. Samvel Mesropian, Director of the
"Ovation" producer center, informed about it at the March 30 press
conference. According to him, the goal of the festival of author
song is to summarize the developments of this genre of recent
years, to reveal new authors performing their own songs giving
them an opportunity to perform from on the stage for the first
time. S.Mesropian said that such a festival was last organized
in Armenia in 1999. And before it the "Yeghegnadzor" festival
of author song was traditionally organized. According to Edvard
Zorikian, a member of the festival's steering committee, a well-known
author-singer, this festival is just an opportunity to touch upon this
genre of art of singing. "This is the kind of art which is very subtle
but is very stable and of principle with its criteria. The lyrics is
dominating here and the guitar is the accompaniment of this lyrics,"
E.Zorikian is convinced. Well-known guitarist Martin Aharonian
emphasized that this genre is very individual and author-singers'
songs mainly contain also autobiographical elements. He mentioned
that at present this is an unknown genre for a wide circle of young
people. The bids for participation in the festival will be accepted
till April 20, after which the pre-selection tour will be held. The
best performers will take part in the contest of the first tour to be
held on May 10-15, then the winners together with well-known authors
performing their own songs will take part in the second tour's concerts
to be held on June 6-10.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress