Menua Mkrtchyan helped set up the Georgy Tovmasyan Foundation to remember the work of his late grandfather. Tovmasyan, who died last April, was Mkrtchyan’s maternal grandfather. During his life Tovmasyan painted hundreds works of art, many of which depict Mkrtchyan’s hometown in Armenia, Vandazor. “The main purpose of the foundation is to remember him”, Mkrtchyan tells me, but the […]Read more
“For me, the dialogue between the soul and sound is natural.” Azerbaijani Pianist Renara Akhoundova talks to Nicholas Maltby ahead of her next London concert.
Renara Akhoundova is one of Azarbaijan’s most famous pianists. Having performed two well-received concerts in St. James’s Church, Renara will return to London to perform at Pushkin House in Bloomsbury Square on 24th November. Nicholas Maltby interviewed her for http://www.links-dar.org and asked her about her life and work and why her music is of interest to psychiatrists and […]Read more
Russian attempts at soft power do not adequately conceal their intent towards facilitating hard power.
Russia attempts at yielding soft power often comes across as clumsy. Yet as Nicholas Maltby argues, this does not need to be so.Read more
Many who do not often visit Museums, and others who do not claim to be connoisseurs of art, still feel a sense of excitement every time they visit the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. It is as if the spirit of the famous Dutch painter lives within the walls of the building that house his paintings. […]Read more
Kuwaiti singer Dax on his way to becoming a “pop prince”, one of many talented young Arabs who are making western culture their own.
A talented 20 year old Kuwait has hit the Kuwait art scene with a bang. Talal K Salem, better known by his stage name “Dax” is currently at the senior high school level at Abdullah Mubarak School. Dax’s love of English music has made him famous and almost an icon in his school. Many of his friends and […]Read more
The appearance of young men wearing red shoes may not be something to write about in many western countries. But in conservative Azerbaijan, where until recently wearing anything that was not black was considered somewhat risqué, this new trend reflects a quest for liberation by a generation that has started questioning all the certainties of the […]Read more
Beyond the midst of professional culture that expresses itself through expensive venues and sleek launches, young talents sometimes spring out, simply because their work is so refreshing and vibrant that people have to stop and take notice. The young Azerbaijani Artist. TORA, falls very much in this category. As one critic put it “ In a world where […]Read more