Archive for the ‘Octet Music School’ Category


[Octet Music School]: Serj Tankian to Help Rebuild the Octet Music School.

August 13, 2010

Armenian-American musician Serj Tankian is to help fundraise for the rebuilding of the Gyumri Octet music school.
Serj follows rock musicians Ian Gillan (formerly of Deep Purple) and Tony Iommi (formerly of Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell), who have pledged their support for the rebuilding of the school, and already held two concerts in Armenia earlier this year, with proceeds designated to that.

Serj Tankian

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The Octet music school was completely destroyed during the earthquake of 1988. Even today, nore than 20 years after the earthquake, students have to study in temporary aluminum shelters.

Serj has spoken about the fundraising possibility of collaborating on joint recordings with Tony Iommi for itunes, but nothing definite has been decided. Serj has said he is committed to finding the most creative and productive form of assisting the school and its students.


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Octet Music School rehabilitation efforts are jointly implemented by Mediamax, the Australian non-profit organization “Do Something,” and the Fund for Armenian Relief. Of the $250,000 needed to rebuild the school, $72,000 has already been raised. Forty-five thousand of this came from proceeds from Ian Gillan’s two concerts that were held in Yerevan. The Armenian government has allocated the remaining $27,000.

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[Octet School]: Octet Students Say “Thank You”

June 9, 2010

Students from the Gyumri “Octet” School of Music recently presented a photo album called Octet is Grateful to Rock to British Musician Ian Gillan as a thank you for the work he has done to improve their school. All proceeds from this concert were donated to the Octet school.

They presented the album to Gillan on the morning of his Deep Purple benefit concert, which was held in Armenia in May.


Credit: Students of the Octet Music School


[Octet Music School]: The Rebirth of Gyumri’s Art Scene.

June 4, 2010

More than 1,000 participants from nations like Russia, Belarus, France, Egypt, Iran, and China, gathered in Gyumri last month for the Veratsnund International Music Contest. Commemorating the 95th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the Veratsnund – or Renaissance — contest also marked the revival of Gyumri’s vibrant art scene, which has grown significantly in recent years.

The Gyumri “Octet” School of Music was one shining example of this growing community of artists. Sixth grade violin student Ani Khachatryan won an award for the performance of her signature “music rhapsody.” Ani is just one of the many students under the tutelage of teacher Anahit Grigoryan, whose kids are some of the most talented young musicians in the area.

Ani Khachatryan


Ani Khachatryan with Octet students


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[Octet Music School]: More Support for FAR’s Octet Music School Construction.

April 9, 2010

Proceeds from rockers Tony Iommi and Ian Gillans’ March concert at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall raised more than 18M AMD (approximately US$45k) for the renovation of FAR’s Octet Music School in Gyumri.

Both artists are also recording some new songs, which will be sold to further raise proceeds.

Ever since the two visited the school last October they have been dedicated to improving it. They began by donating several instruments and now their efforts are channeled toward a full-fledged reconstruction.

Ian Gillan




[Octet Music School]: 20 years later, rock returns with a message.

April 9, 2010

After 20 years away, rock artist Ian Gillan of Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, returned to Armenia to once again give back. Gillan, along with Tony Iommy of Heaven and Hell and Black Sabbath, Geoff Downs of Yes, and Guitarist and Songwriter Jon Dee, led two benefit concerts at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall on March 26th and 27th to raise money for the reconstruction of the FAR’s Octet Music School in Gyumri.

Gillan, along with members of Pink Floyd, Queen, and Yes, came to Armenia more than two decades ago in the wake of the devastating 1988 earthquake for the benefit concert Rock Helps Armenia, where he recorded the famous song “Smoke on the Water.”

In October 2009, Gillan, Iommy, Downs, and Dee returned to Armenia. One of their stops took them to FAR’s Octet Music School, where they were immediately struck by the students’ work and decided the organize the donation of musical instruments. Shortly afterwards, the idea for another benefit concert was born.

Over the years, FAR has supported the school by providing the children with musical instruments and covering the cost of their tuition fees.
The March concerts were a success. Guests were mesmerized as they watched the musicians sing along with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia, led by Czech Conductor Frideman Rile.

Performing hits like Highway Star and Woman from Tokyo, the performers absorbed the energy of the crowd and delivered a great show.

After the Smoke on the Water finale, Gillan faced the crowd an ended on one last stunning note: “Armenia is my spiritual homeland.”

The remix of Smoke on the Water will be available on iTunes. Proceeds from sales will also go to the reconstruction of FAR’s Octet Music School.

Ian Gillan with children of the Octet Music School


Credit: FAR Staff

Ian Gillan on stage of the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall

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[Octet School]: Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi Donate Music Instruments to Gyumri “Octet” School.

March 18, 2010

World famous rock musicians Ian Gillan of Deep Purple and Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell, generously donated several musical instruments to N6 Octet Music School in Gyumri.

After visiting the school as part of the Armenia Grateful Rock 2 project last October, Octet’s Director Harutyun Asatryan told Gillan and Iommi that the students desperately needed good guitars and a drum kit.

Four acoustic guitars from Takamine, a Blackhawk drum kit from Gretsch Drums, Paiste сymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks from John Henry’s Ltd., arrived just months later.

And the stars will continue to support the school. Gillan will be performing with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia on March 26th and 27th. All proceeds from the show will be used to renovate Octet.

Ian Gillian with students of the Octet Music School N 6 in Gyumri

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[Octet Music School]: Gyumri School started its “Musical Spring” tour.

March 11, 2010

By Marina Bazayeva

Flowers are mainly associated with women, beauty, happiness, appreciation and love. Gyumri Octet School of Music started its musical spring tour devoted to the project Armenia Grateful to Rock.

The Octet orchestra visited one of the oldest educational establishments of Gyumri, a 75 year old Pedagogical Institute. The concert was dedicated to March 8, the International Women’s day. The majority of the teachers both in Octet and Pedagogical Institute are women and such bouquet was a quintessence of charm, intellect and devotion. The concert comprised music pieces performed by the school kids and poetry recitals by the Institute students.

The University staff was amazed by the wonderful performance level of the kids and high professionalism of the teachers. The school kids were proud to perform in front of such a big audience outside their school. The Institute issued a thank-you letter to Octet and wished the best to the school.

The school principle also thanked the Institute and announced about two benevolent concerts that a rock legend Ian Gillan will perform on March 26 and 27 to provide the profit for the school construction and invited the Institute students and professors to visit the concerts. He mentioned VivaCell and MediaMax that recently presented musical instruments to the school. He also thanked FAR for channeling the information concerning the school. The concert ended with an orchestra performance of “Mesmerized Flowers” and long encore!

There is a series of similar concerts to other Schools of Music around Armenia this spring.

Young Musicians of the Octet School in Gyumri



Credit: FAR Staff