|Swallow Music Awards / Ծիծեռնակ երաժշտական մրցանակաբաշխություն|
|Awarded for||Excellence and outstanding achievement|
|Location||Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan|
|Presented by||Ministry of Culture of Armenia|
Swallow Music Awards (Armenian : Ծիծեռնակ երաժշտական մրցանակաբաշխություն, Tsitsernak yerazhshtakan mrcanakabashkhutiun) is an annual national music awards ceremony first held in Yerevan, Armenia, on 25 March 2017. The awards are created and sponsored by RA Ministry of Culture to appreciate and spur the activities of individuals and creators of various genres of Armenian musical art, as well as to display the significant achievements in the field of music to the broader layers of society. The awards consist of four parts: achievements in classical genre, folk genre, mass pop genre, and special/other awards. During the ceremony artists are given the awards designed by Armenian painter and designer Arman Nur. Each year, the award ceremony airs live on Public Television company of Armenia.
The Armenian language is an Indo-European language spoken primarily by Armenians. It is the official language of Armenia. Historically being spoken throughout the Armenian Highlands, today, Armenian is widely spoken throughout the Armenian diaspora. Armenian is written in its own writing system, the Armenian alphabet, introduced in 405 AD by Mesrop Mashtots.
Yerevan is the capital and largest city of Armenia as well as one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Situated along the Hrazdan River, Yerevan is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. It has been the capital since 1918, the fourteenth in the history of Armenia and the seventh located in or around the Ararat plain. The city also serves as the seat of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese; the largest diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church and one of the oldest dioceses in the world.
Arman Nur is an Armenian designer, jeweler, sculptor, and painter. In 2012, Nur was awarded the Armenian Ministry of Culture's Gold Medal, and in 2013, he got the President of Armenia's Movses Khorenatsi medal.
Unlike other Armenian awards, such as the "Armenian Europe" Music Awards and "Pan Armenian" Entertainment Awards, which determine winners without any nominations, the Swallow Music Awards does have nominees and they are based on the applications that they submit beforehand. The award categories are determined if at least two applications have been received for that category. Classical genre awards are decided by a delegation headed by composer Tigran Mansurian. Folk genre awards are decided by a delegation headed by singer Ruben Matevosyan. Pop genre awards are determined by composer and professor Robert Amirkhanyan's commission.
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The 2017 Swallow awards were held at the Yerevan Opera Theatre in Yerevan on 25 March 2017. The artists could submit their applications from February 1 to 28 February. Stephan Shakaryan was awarded a special prize for his outstanding contribution to Armenian composing art and Ralph Yirikian for always being on the side of culture. Levon Malkhasyan, Vache Sharafyan, Vahagn Hayrapetyan, Hover Choir, Sibil, State Youth Orchestra of Armenia, Hayastan Fund&National Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia also obtained special awards for their important music programs implemented in 2016.
Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan in Yerevan was officially opened on 20 January 1933, with Alexander Spendiaryan's Almast opera performance. The opera building was designed by the Armenian architect Alexander Tamanian. It consists of two concert halls: the Aram Khatchaturian concert hall with 1,400 seats and the Alexander Spendiaryan Opera and Ballet National Theatre with 1,200 seats.
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Vache Sharafyan, One of the major composers in Armenia, but also internationally Vache Sharafyan is the author of more than ninety compositions including symphonic works, chamber music, choral, vocal music, including the opera "King Abgar", one act ballet "Second Moon", ballet in acts "Ancient Gods".
Kamo Seyranyan, is an Armenian duduk player. In 2012, Seyranyan was awarded with the title of Honored Artist of Armenia. He has also won 2 Swallow awards in the folk category; one for best musician/performer (2017) and the other one for the best musical project.
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The rule that artists should submit their applications for some of the awards caused the dissatisfaction of several singers, such as Syuzanna Melqonyan, who stated "This is just offensive to the artist's musical career".
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TM Production LLC is an Armenian production company founded in 2009 by Thomas Martirosyan, who holds position of General Manager of the company. Company is one of the leading music labels and music production companies in Armenia. Since 2009 the company organizes concerts of different genres and in different formats.
Garik Papoyan, is an Armenian actor, musician, presenter, writer and comedian. He is known for his role on stand-up comedy TV show Vitamin Club. Also he has been working as a host and writer of that show. In 2007-2010 he was a member of “32 Atam” club humorous project as an actor and scenario writer. He was a guest of White corner on October 9, 2014. He is the lyricist of Not Alone. It was internally selected to represent Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Denmark. He is the creator of the "Rock Generation" movement in Armenia.
"Hayastan Jan" is a song by Armenian-German singer-songwriter Iveta Mukuchyan. It was released as a single on August 11, 2017, however the music video was released earlier. "Hayastan Jan" was written by Armenian songwriter and TV host Avet Barseghyan and composed by Mukuchyan. On 23 September 2017, Armenia 1 launched a new game show of the same name. Hosted by the songwriter of the track, it had "Hayastan Jan" as its theme music. The song became popular among Armenian diaspora, especially in Lebanon, where it topped the top 10 list of Radio Sevan. On 27 September 2018, the song won a "Song of the Year" award during the ceremony of the same name in Sochi, Russia.
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"Dashterov" is a song by Armenian musicians Aram Mp3 and Iveta Mukuchyan. The song premiered on February 11, 2017. The same day the singers sang the song at Dalma Garden Mall. The song is written by another Armenian musician Avet Barseghyan. Arrangements were made by Armenian DJ Serjo. Mukuchyan first talked about her collaboration in London during her interview with Wiwibloggs. The track sees the duo sing about chasing love across fields, valleys, mountains and canyons. The song preceded a collaborative project of the same name.
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