The internationally acclaimed Gurdjieff Ensemble was founded by Levon Eskenian to play ethnographically authentic arrangements of the G.I. Gurdjieff/Thomas de Hartmann piano music. The Ensemble consists of leading musicians playing Armenian and Middle Eastern traditional instruments. Their debut album on the famous ECM records, “Music of Georges.I. Gurdjieff”, was widely acclaimed, and won prestigious awards including the Edison Award in the Netherlands.
The Ensemble has been touring the world with sold out concerts at major festivals and concert halls in Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Russia and South America. The Ensemble has performed in such prestigious festivals and venues as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Boulez hall in Berlin, the Bozar Center in Brussels, the Holland Festival, the Morgenland Festival in Germany, the Albert Hall in Canberra, the Imago Dei Festival in Austria, the Gulbenkian Hall in Lisbon and many others. Now, this February, the ensemble will be embarking on it's Baltic tour, including dates in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.
This is the eighth date of the Gurdjieff Ensemble's Baltic tour. This performance will be held at the Jōhvi Concert Hall in Estonia. This unique program is curated and performed in celebration of Armenia's most beloved composer, Komitas as 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of his birth year. In honor of Komitas' legacy, the ensemble will be performing his compositions set to traditional Armenian instruments.
Here is an excerpt of a live performance by the ensemble:
Levon Eskenian – arranger, artistic director
Emmanuel Hovhannisyan – duduk, zourna, pku
Avag Margaryan – blul , zourna
Armen Ayvazyan – kamancha
Aram Nikoghosyan – oud
Meri Vardanyan – kanon
Vladimir Papikyan – santur, voice
Davit Avagyan – tar,saz
Mesrop Khalatyan – dap/dhol
Norayr Gapoyan – duduk
Eduard Harutyunyan -tmbouk, cymbals, bell
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