Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi Gift Musical Instruments To Gyumri School


16.02.2010 11:30 GMT+04:00

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Professional musical instruments from Fender
Musical Instruments Corporation – 4 acoustic guitars of Japanese
Takamine Company and Blackhawk drum kit of American Gretsch Drums
Company were delivered to Yerevan. The musicians also gifted Paiste
Óymbals and Vic Firth drumsticks, provided by John Henrys Ltd. Company.

On October 1, 2009, Ian Gillan and Toni Iommi visited N6 music
school in Gyumri in the framework of Armenia Grateful 2 Rock project,
implemented by Mediamax and Australian Do Something organization.

Harutyun Asatryan, director of the school, which was destroyed during
1988 earthquake and is still hosted in temporary shelters, said in
a talk with the rock stars that the pupils would very much like to
have good guitars and a drum kit.

"We express profound gratitude to these great musicians for their
attention towards Armenian children, who study music in poor
conditions. Almost 5 months have passed since Gillan and Iommi’s
visit to Armenia, but this gift is the evidence of their sincere wish
to help the Armenian school. I also want to thank the musicians’
executive producers Ralph Baker and Phil Banfield, who directly
dealt with acquisition of the instruments," Mediamax Director Ara
Tadevosyan stated.

Ian Gillan’s concerts with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia
will take place on March 26 and 27. The proceeds from them will be
directed at rebuilding of N6 musical school in Gyumri.

"This is another evidence that these outstanding musicians are friends
of Armenia," Mr. Tadevosyan stated.

He also expressed gratitude to Deputy Head of the Armenian President’s
Staff Vigen Sargsyan for assistance, rendered in transportation of the
musical instruments to Yerevan. Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi’s gift was
conveyed by the aircraft of Armenian President, who visited London
last week. "This is very symbolic, since Rock Aid Armenia/Armenia
Grateful 2 Rock takes place under the patronage of the President," Mr.

Tadevosyan emphasized.

The musical instruments are supposed to be handed over to the school
administration in March, during Ian Gillan’s visit to Yerevan.

VivaCell-MTS is the general sponsor of Ian Gillan’s concerts due
on March 26 and 27 in Yerevan. bmi Airlines is the partner of the

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