Jazz musician Arshak Sirunyan is working on an album that will feature 20 or so guitarists, saxophone players, drummers, percussionists, a string quartet, a french horn quartet and more from all over the world. But the unusual twist is that the concept for the album is based on “Hoodman’s Blind,” which in medieval times was a game with rough physical contact. The rules were that one person would be chosen to be “it” and blindfolded by having the hood of his lirapipe (see example of one pictured at right) pulled down over his head. That person is then spun around several times and is instructed to seek out the others, who are supposed to actively torment him by pulling at his clothes, shoving him around, and whipping him. Once he has successfully captured another player, he is then released from the blindfold and the person he captured then becomes “it”. There is no conclusion to the game, it can just go on and on.
At any rate, Sirunyan has a Kickstarter project going in order to fund this project. As a promo for the project, Sirunyan created a somewhat surrealist video, with most of the footage created using only his iPhone 5, piano parts from eBay and piano stores, and conventional and commercial lighting from Home Depot. Check it out!