Do you think of an ancient observer as a higher power that looks down upon us?
The ancient observer is actually us. It’s about the art of observing, realizing what is eternal and what is passing. For example, when I look out of the window at my current home in Yerevan, I have a view of Mount Ararat. Every morning, I wake up and see this thing that has been around for millions of years. But the picture of a landscape with trees and birds is cut by airplane trails, satellite dishes, electrical wires. For me, it’s an existential awakening type of feeling. It’s like you’re looking at time. Like a time warp in which you feel alive. This beautiful feeling inspired me to write new pieces and became a theme of the album.
Whoever lived in that region five thousand years ago, they observed the same sky, same mountain. It’s amazing to be able to observe it now in a way cinematographers, photographers, painters do. Musical observation is the same.