This page has set itself the task of collecting all items that have featured on the front page with respect to the Gyumri Music School project and WhoCares by Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi.
Who Cares 2018 Xmas update
"On the 7th of December 1988, one of the most devastating earthquakes of the 20th century struck northwest Armenia. It killed over 25,000 and destroyed a region that was home to more than 700,000 people. A year after the earthquake, an all-star star version of Deep Purple classic "Smoke On The Water", featuring rock stars including Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi, Brian May was recorded for Rock Aid Armenia, with all funds raised donated to the Armenian earthquake relief effort.
Twenty years after the earthquake, Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi visited Armenia again and were deeply affected by how much work still needed to be done, especially at a music school in Gyumri that was bursting with talent but had never been properly restored since the earthquake shattered the city. Iommi and Gillan formed the Who Cares project and wrote and recorded a new song “Out of My Mind" to raise funds to build a new music school for the kids of Armenia. They assembled an all-star lineup at the iconic SARM studios in 2010. Participating artists included Iron Maiden's Nicko McBrain on drums, legendary Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord and iconic bassist Jason Newsted (who recorded remotely). This was one of the legendary Lord's last ever days in the studio.
Thirty years after the earthquake we release the film from the recording session (watch above). Proceeds from this song, Gillan's charity concerts in Yerevan with the Armenian Symphonic Orchestra and generous donations from charities including the Fund for Armenian Relief and Mardigian Family Foundation made it possible to re-open the revitalised music school in 2013. Five years later, the revitalised Octet Music School is continuing to provide world-class musical education to the aspiring young musicians of Armenia.
We are inviting you to donate whatever you'd like to the Fund For Armenian Relief to help the Octet Music School to buy new instruments and keep the music school that Ian Gillan and Tony Iommi helped rebuild open and running.
This Christmas, help the school give the gift of music to a community of young musicians in Armenia." Taken from GoFundMe appeal
Ian: 3 September Days in Armenia Mediamax (link.......HERE) took Ian around Armenia during September. For the full cascade of pictures and a short video, visit the Mediamax site, using the aforementioned link. Pics include Ian opening the Gyumri music school, visiting the Spitak Memorial, a performance by The Dorians and a cake.
Ian Gillan and Serzh Sargasyan(Archive Photo, March 2010)
Armenian Government allocates $25,000 for construction of N6 music school in Gyumri
By the decision of the Armenian government today, the cabinet will allocate AMD10mln ($ 25,000) from its reserve fund for the final construction works of N6 music school in Gyumri. Full story at... Mediamax.
WhoCares - the new Gyumri Music School
Here are some amazing pictures from Tim Irving at Millbank Music (click HERE).
Tim has been a great supporter of the WhoCares project and from his music shop in Mirimichi, NB (New Brunswick), he has orchestrated a fund-raising campaign focused on his speciality. Look and wonder at the impressive array of musical instruments that will be shipped to the music school we have helped to build in Gyumri, Armenia.
Tim's generosity is a truly fantastic effort and will be appreciated by the teachers and pupils.
We are told that the building will be finished in July and IG is looking forward to attending the official grand opening in the third week of September.
Millbank Music, Mirimichi, New Brunswick website is HERE.
Gyumri Music School - work begins
Caramba is hugely delighted to show exclusive pictures as the foundations are prepared for the music school in Gyumri.
Thanks to those of you who supported the WhoCares project and bought the records as well as the tireless efforts of those people behind the scenes and around the world.
Folks, this is down to you! Continue to spread the word and support for the Gyumri/WhoCares project.
Silver Impala Award
The WhoCares album wins an IMPALA silver award for selling more than 20,000 copies in Europe. Also, see a special CarambaTV page for video from Ian.
Music Legends interview
"Ian Gillan Interview / Deep Purple frontman on WhoCares Album" by Jason Saulnier
Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi continue the WhoCares project with a really great album. For full details click on the image above.
Nur noch eine Woche, dann erscheint endlich "Ian Gillan & Tony Iommi: WhoCares - Zwei CDs gefüllt mit Raritäten, Klassikern und unveröffentlichten Songs von Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Ian Gillan und Tony Iommi. Auf Amazon.de könnt ihr das Album jetzt schon bestellen: bitte anclicken
Ian Gillan: the only pleasure I get from the lyrics is the pleasure of writing them.
Interview with Ian by 'Let The Music Do The Talking'. Many thanks to Nicolas Dupuy.
Visit the interview by clicking on the logo to your left. (That way not this way.....).
WhoCares single release 2011
Click above image for WhoCares single video & info.
Ian in Armenia in front of glass sculpture by the artist couple Libenský Brychtová - further information on them can be gleaned.... here. Also thanks to Vahagn Marabyan and the Cafesjian Centre for the Arts. Photo by Asatur Yesayants.