Composer (Magnatune Artist), pianist, opera singer Gerard Satamian is the recipient of a grant from Socan ( Society of Authors and Composers of Canada ). Here is what their magazine wrote about "Dry Fig Trees" ( named after a gorgeous painting by Vartan Tashdjian ):
" The two works featured on this CD are clearly of a Middle Eastern flavor, notable for their modal scales and often mournful, nostalgic mood. Gerard Satamian, who was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, has lived in Vancouver since 1989, following a few years' stay in Los Angeles. His nine 'Chansons Sans Paroles' are lovingly played by clarinetist Francois Houle with the composer at the piano, while Satamian is on his own in two excerpts from his 'Suite Lyrique'. Warm, approachable and innocent music ".
Words & Music
Francois Houle(clarinet) / Gerard Satamian(piano)