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Despite the thunderstorm, youth center participants were in high spirits.

For the past two days, Tatev Youth Center has hosted American-Armenian musician Raffi Wartanian, who is currently promoting his recent album, Pushkin Street. Raffi played oud and guitar and taught us about the history of the oud, the grandfather of the guitar and an instrument used in traditional Armenian music. We hope that this will be the first of many performances in Tatev!

A good time was had by all!

A good time was had by all!

Raffi was kind enough to leave an autographed CD for the Youth Center.

Raffi was kind enough to leave an autographed CD for the Youth Center.

Raffi and the Tatev Youth Center

Raffi and the members of the Tatev Youth Center

Children of Tanzatap - the Tanzatap school currently has ten students.

Children of Tanzatap – the Tanzatap school currently has ten students.

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Even the cats of Tanzatap showed up for Raffi's show!

Even the cats of Tanzatap showed up for Raffi’s show!

Raffi and his oud!

The oud is one of the world’s oldest instruments.

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