Komitas – Levon Eskenian & The Gurdjieff Ensemble


The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Levon Eskenian

Emmanuel Hovhannisyan: duduk, zurna, pku
Avag Margaryan: pogh, zurna
Armen Ayvazyan: kamancha
Aram Nikoghosyan: oud
Meri Vardanyan: kanon
Vladimir Papikyan: santur, voice
Davit Avagyan: tar
Mesrop Khalatyan: dap, dhol
Norayr Gapoyan: duduk, bass duduk
Eduard Harutyunyan: tmbuk, cymbal, bell, kshots, burvar

Levon Eskenian: Artistic Director

The Armenian Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble was founded by Levon Eskenian to play ‘ethnographically authentic’ arrangements of the G.I. Gurdjieff/Thomas de Hartmann piano music. Their debut album on ECM, Music of G.I. Gurdjieff, was widely acclaimed, and won an Edison Award as Album of the Year in 2012. Now Eskenian and his musicians turn their attention to the music of Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935). Composer, ethnomusicologist, arranger, singer and priest, Komitas is popularly held to be the founder of contemporary music in Armenia, and in his work as a collector he explored the connections that uniquely bind together Armenian sacred and secular music. With their special focus on folk instrumentation and inspired arrangements the Ensemble illuminates the deep roots of Komitas’s compositions in this programme recorded in Lugano in February 2015.

ECM 2451


Footages of Armenia from the film ‘Traversed’ by Alex Igidbashian and Emily Mkrtichian / Editing of the short film: Raffi Berberian


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