The Naghash Ensemble of Armenia
Songs of Exile
The Naghash Ensemble combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song, new classical music, contemporary post-minimalism, and the energy of jazz and rock. Three brilliant female vocalists and some of Armenia’s finest instrumentalists on duduk, oud, dhol, and piano play new music based on sacred texts by the medieval Armenian mystic poet and priest, Mkrtich Naghash.
Written by Armenian-American composer John Hodian, The Naghash Ensemble’s Songs of Exile is a profound meditation on man's relationship to God from the perspective of a monk forced to live in exile for many years. Part folk music, part classical, and profoundly moving.
“The Naghash Ensemble combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song with new classical music, contemporary post-minimalism and the energy of rock and jazz.” — NPR
“A stunning discovery … Three brilliant vocalists join forces with virtuosic instrumentalists on duduk, oud, dhol, and piano. The Naghash Ensemble's “Songs of Exile” is a profound meditation on man's relationship to God from the perspective of a medieval mystic poet and priest forced to live in exile for many years.” — Bayerischer Rundfunk
“The Sound of Ancient Armenia reinvented for the 21st century” — Tigran Mansurian
“Composer John Hodian brings the poems of the 15th century Armenian poet and priest M’krtich Naghash to life. The songs are unmistakably Armenian, but out of this world” — Armenisch-Deutsche Korrespondenz
John Hodian, piano and musica direction
Hasmik Baghdasaryan, soprano
Tatevik Movsesyan, soprano
Arpine Ter-Petrosyan, alto
Emmanuel Hovhannisyan, duduk
Aram Nikoghosyan, oud
Tigran Hovhannisyan, dhol
Special price*: €12
*Discount for under 18s and over 65s
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Access to the venue
The access will be through the South Wing (Monastery). The exit is through the same place. The entrance is exclusive to ticket holders. The entrance is made from 20h45 and until 15 minutes before the beginning of the show. No entry is allowed after the beginning of the show.
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