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Sevak Avanesyan: "I would advise our enemy to become educated. All the problems in the world come from illiteracy" - Armenian National Music (anmmedia.am)
Sevak Avanesyan: "I would advise our enemy to become educated. All the problems in the world come from illiteracy"

Published: Jul 30 2020, 11:54

Author: ANM Media
There is not a period in world history without wars and other disasters. However, throughout the same history,  despite the situation in the country, the culture had always been with the people, helping to overcome difficult times. Even during the recent military offensive of Azerbaijan on the north-eastern part of the state border of Armenia, we didn't forget about culture.  

During the hardest period of the ceasefire violation, the famous cellist Sevak Avanesyan, who performed on all continents and in many prestigious concert venues, without any hesitation took his "weapon" and headed to the border. In collaboration with
Armenian National Music, Sevak performed in the border village of Movses (Tavush Region)for residents and soldiers. 

"We are not afraid of war. There was a wedding there the day before us. May the enemy know that we will always hold concerts and weddings there. The local priest, Father Abel, is a violinist, and his daughter sings wonderfully. I think everybody should know about her. And it is not only in the village of Movses, because there are such priceless treasures in our villages. But besides that, we have an army, soldiers, brave fighters, who are invincible. These people must live in peace and harmony. If there is a war, we will all go to the front line. It would be good for all musicians to perform regularly in border villages, where people know culture much more than we do," Sevak told ANM.  

According to the cellist, he didn't know about Movses village before, but going there he found his second home. A place where the priest is a true Armenian and the doors of his house are always open to everyone. He keeps the spirit of the village by the example of his family. Sevak Avanesyan and the ANM team was unknown to him, but he welcomed everyone with open arms, as any Armenian would do. 

The concert took place in  Holy Mother of God Church in Movses village for the local people and an Armenian soldier. Armenian sacred music is widely included in Sevak Avanesyan's repertoire, and he often performs it in different countries around the world, but in Movses he played Bach. "People listened to music in silence. In the church, Bach is available to everyone. It is the language that everyone understands. And I wish our neighbors to perform classical music instead of separating men and women in mosques and shouting about jihad. After that, they will not terrorize others. Movses became one of my favorite places to go and play. Everyone is at home there. I know that every time I come to Armenia I can get in the car and go home. ”

The cellist is always ready to perform in all near and far corners of Armenia because he thinks that people living there are much closer to culture. He recommends everyone to follow his example because money is not always important. It inspires people a lot.  

"We heard shots from a distance for a moment. There are moments when you go through the mountains and valleys and realize that there are enemy positions ahead. But we were not afraid of anything․ If we are afraid, we should not get in the car. People drive in the city center extremely fast and are not afraid of death, but the same people are afraid to go to the border. We knew where we go. People are living there with great love, are we better than they? Who am I to be afraid of? ” The only fear was related to his 400-year-old instrument because it would be an irreparable loss for the world. 

The concert wasn't organized against the enemy, it was organized for the local people. It aimed to show the whole world that this is Armenia and its border, where people live with art, love, and faith. This was the only message. The enemy must know that we are not afraid and all the men and women will fight for our country. "But I would advise our enemy to become educated. All the problems in the world come from illiteracy. That is why they haven't given anything to the world and they will live in that way forever. If they were educated, this conflict would be on another level. " 

by Sona Khachatryan