VOA music people in the news.

Posted: 19 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
Leo Sarkisian, 88, "spent 45 years at the Voice of America, the official radio station of the United States, and a music library was founded in his name. He is also an admirer of Turkish Classical Music. Sarkisian is well-known for his research on Ottoman music as well. In the past, he has shared his research with the Center for Advanced Research in Music, or MIAM, at Istanbul Technical University. 'I strongly believe, and my close Turkish friends know that, there is no place for hate,' Sarkisian said." Vercihan Ziflioglu, Hürriyet Daily News, 15 February 2010.
     "Haroon Bacha, who was trained in tabla and harmonium, has emerged as perhaps the preeminent vocalist of the Pashtun diaspora. Bacha, who would likely face death were he to go back home, performs around the world, keeping alive Pashto-language poetry and song forms. He articulates traditional folk and classical tunes in his keening voice, adding a fresh sociological perspective with his lyrics. Bacha also reaches his native region via the airwaves, as a cultural-programming director with the Voice of America's Pashto service." He will perform 21 February in Philadelphia. David R. Stampone, Philadelphia Inquirer, 19 February 2010.