Shoghaken Ensemble - Armenian Anthology


Shoghaken Ensemble - Armenian Anthology

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"A better introduction to the fabulous world of Armenian music would be difficult to imagine." --Dirty Linen An exploration of the rich tradition of Armenian folk music forged in the long historical shadow of Mt. Ararat--from Anatolian wedding dance to Transcaucasian lullaby, pagan ritual melody to bardic love song. The Shoghaken Ensemble is Armenia's preeminent group performing this music today, playing on traditional instruments in a lyrical style that captures the haunting beauty of one of the world's oldest musical legacies. Musicians include Gevorg Dabaghyan, Armenia's greatest living duduk player, and the renowned folk singer Hasmik Harutyunyan. Deluxe packaging includes 20 pages of historical notes, pictures and song translations. Gevorg Dabaghyan, duduk & zurna Norayr Davtyan, kamancha Aleksan Harutyunyan, vocals Hasmik Harutyunyan, vocals Karine Hovhannisyan, kanon Kamo Khachaturian, dhol Grigor Takushian, duduk dham (drone) Levon Tevanyan, shvi 1. Karabakhi Harsanekan Bar 2. Janoy 3. Im Khorodik Yar 4. Shorora (Sheram) 5. Karabakhi Horovel 6. Kani Voor Jan Im (Sayat Nova) 7. Khooti Gorani 8. Ishkhanabar 9. Sev Moot Amber 10. Shiraki Harsanekan Bar 11. Nazani (Sayat Nova) 12. Mokats Mirza 13. Khnotsu Yerk 14. Mur Tan Itev 15. Tamir Agha Bar 16. Pootanya Ororotsayin 17. Saren Gookayi (Sheram) 18. Armenak Ghazariani Yerk 19. Kacheri Bar The Shoghaken Ensemble, founded by Gevorg Dabaghyan in 1991, has become one of the preeminent traditional music ensembles in Armenia. Dedicated to rediscovering and continuing Armenia's extraordinary folk music history, the group presents music from a broad geographical and historical span using traditional instruments and song styles. The ensemble has performed extensively in Europe, Armenia and throughout the former Soviet Union. The group recently performed on the soundtrack of Atom Egoyan's movie Ararat. In the summer of 2002 Shoghaken performed at the Smithsonian Folk Festival in Washington, DC, and in the spring of 2004 the group performed in an 18-concert tour across the US, including concerts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Symphony Space in New York and the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia, as well as Harvard University, Cornell University, UC Berkeley and Dartmouth College.
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