Grammy nominated composer Tigran Mansurian is one of the forerunners of contemporary music in the former USSR, being the first to introduce modern composition techniques in Armenia. In the 1960s and 1970s he has also worked with both Parajanov & Vartanov, composing scores for their feature and documentary films, including The Color of Pomegranates and The Color of Armenian Land (which can be seen on The Criterion Collection Blu-ray).

In 2017 and 2018, the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute has stopped The Cinemfamily in Hollywood and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from screening of The Colour of Pomegranates without Mansurian’s score, noting that the soundtrack is an indelible part of Parajanov’s masterpiece and cannot be replaced.

Here’s Tigran Mansuryan with the 2015 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award recipient Serj Tankian of the Grammy-winning rock band System of a Down.



Parajanov-Vartanov Institute

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