Queen guitarist and co-founder Brian May penned a new letter on his official Instagram page today to bid farewell to the Armenian musician Jivan Gasparyan after he died at the age of 92.
Armenian musician and composer Jivan Gasparyan has born in Solak in 1928 and he’s mostly known as one of the most famous ‘duduk’ players of the century. According to the official announcement of his grandson Jivan Gasparyan Jr, a collaborator of many stars like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Brian May, and Peter Gabriel died on July 6.
After hearing the sad news of Gasparyan’s death, Queen icon penned a farewell message to his long-time friend and recalled the day they played a famous piece which Jivan co-wrote for the Gladiator movie together at Nelson Mandela’s Arctic 46664 concert in 2005. He also got angry because of the restrictions of Instagram on not putting a YouTube link on the post.
Queen icon remembered his old-buddy saying:
“So sad to hear of the passing of Jivan Gasparyan – the legendary Armenian musician – master of the beautiful Duduk – the unique wind instrument which seems to have sadness in its soul. I was honored to work and play with Jivan on more than one occasion – notably at Nelson Mandela’s Arctic 46664 concert in 2005.
We played the famous piece which Jivan co-wrote for the Gladiator movie along with the great Hans Zimmer. There is a link here but, annoyingly, Instagram won’t allow it to work from this post. He was a gentleman and very generous. Seemed always at peace with himself and with the world. Bless him.
RIP Jivan. Swipe – here he is with Peter Gabriel and myself at that show under the midnight Sun in Tromso – and with me and Jivan’s compatriot, my friend Garik Israelyan – founder of the STARMUS festivals. Bri.”
You can check out the photo and the video that was mentioned by Bri below.