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Oud Master Part Of Effort To Document Armenian-American Music Production In Valley

Alice Daniel
Armenian Oud Master Richard Hagopian in his Selma home.


The Armenian oud master Richard Hagopian has been playing the instrument, similar to the lute, since he was a kid. He’s 82 now. This Saturday Feb. 29, he’ll be speaking and performing at a public memory eventat Fresno State documenting the history of local Armenian-American music production in the San Joaquin Valley.

He’ll join Yektan Turkyilmaz, a cultural anthropologist who teaches in Berlin but is helping to curate this collection for the Armenian Studies Department. The public scanning event is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fresno Business Center. Hagopian will perform and speak with Turkyilmaz from 3:30 to 5 p.m. News Director Alice Daniel spoke with both of them at Hagopian’s home.

Credit Alice Daniel / KVPR
Richard Hagopian and cultural anthropologist Yektan Turkyilmaz (right) will speak Saturday at an event to document local Armenian-American music production in the valley.


Alice Daniel was News Director for KVPR from 2019-2022. Daniel has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and more than 25 years of experience as a print and radio journalist.
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