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Tigran Hamasyan in concert at Jazz à la Defense 5 July 2015 Hird/RFI

1915: our wounds are still open

Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan has had a huge career in the U.S. but two years ago he felt the need to return home. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, he mounted a project to perform sacred Armenian music from the 5th to 20th centuries with the Yerevan Chamber Choir. Since March they’ve been touring with the concert Luys i luyso, including in Turkey. He talks to RFI about the importance of performing this repertoire, particularly in the Turkish town of Kars, hometown of his great-grandparents, victims of the genocide. The album Luys i luyso is due out at the end of August. Other music featured in the programme is from Hamasyan’s latest album Mockroot.