05 July 2018

Soussa Krikorian: marvellous interpreter of Armenian music

The singer Soussa Krikorian stands out in the interpretation of the music she inherited from the Armenian culture. In the past few days she performed in the Holy City gathering hundreds of Armenians and locals.

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Many Armenians, like other peoples, have been forced to leave their lands. They protect their popular heritage in Jerusalem by handing it down from generation to generation in the areas where they settled after the Diaspora. Among these, the Holy Land.
 
Soussa Krikorian is a marvellous interpreter of Armenian music. She grew up near the Convent of St James in the Old City, where she developed her artistic talent. Today, she performs melodies sung by her ancestors over the centuries.
 
Soussa Krikorian
Armenian artist
"There are two types of ancient Armenian music: classical and traditional. There is also another type, composed by Father Gomidas, a priest who used to travel from one village to another and who wrote musical scores performed at weddings, parties and masses".
 
During the performance, Krikorian played Armenian songs that express nostalgia for the country from which her grandparents were deported. This kind of music reflects the loyalty of her ancestors and the pain that has been perpetuated for more than a century.
 
Soussa Krikorian
Armenian artist
"Among the songs I sang today, Gligelian tells the story of the ancient kingdom affiliated with modern Turkey. Its inhabitants are still experiencing many difficulties. There, the churches were looted, the crosses and the headstones engraved with the prayers destroyed. Through the song, my question is: 'When will the day come when I can return to Gligelian in an atmosphere of freedom?'"
 
We commemorate the anniversary of the Armenian Pogrom and that of other ethnic groups - such as the Syrians, the Chaldeans, the Assyrians and the Greeks every year on 24 April. An opportunity not to forget the horrific massacres committed by the Ottomans, in which about one and a half million Armenians died.
 
Soussa Krikorian
Armenian artist
"We live in Jerusalem and mingle with all the other communities. However, there is still an open wound that we cannot forget. It is a deep wound and cannot be explained with words. It flows in our veins, in our blood. At home, when we ask our mother about the Pogrom, she tells us the story of our aunt who fled from Syria and died of thirst because she had been left without water".