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
“A haunting and atmospheric selection of instrumental pieces… An intriguing, often gently exquisite set.” – Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“The undisputed star of the ensemble, though, is the duduk, a reed instrument with a malleable sound that can be porous and fragile or full-throated and uncannily human-sounding. In his transcriptions Mr. Eskenian uses it for mystical chants” – Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times
“… the results are mesmerisingly beautiful, as different permutations of these instruments create delicately different textures, together with the occasional addition of the human voice.” – Michael Church, Songlines
“…the ensemble makes sounds that are startingly strange and beautiful… The combination of instrumental voices, and the otherness of the voices themselves creates deep, mysterious yet marvelously relaxing soundscapes…” – Phil Johnson, The Independent On Sunday
“Sie präsentieren sich mit berückenden, sehnsuchtsvollen, tief beseelten Klängen, die auf musikalische Rituale des täglichen Lebens zurückgehen, auf Kirchen-, Liebes- und Tanzlieder, Hirtenmelodien und rituelle Musik. Das ist wie eine akustische Brücke über die Jahrhunderte und ein Toleranzprogramm der Weltgegenden.” – Ulrich Steinmetzger, Mitteldeutsche Zeitung
“The duduk permeates everything with its mournful grace, with the oud and tar lute, the kanun zither, and the daf frame drum adding their evocative sound…” – Michael Church, BBC
“Msho Shoror made up of dances from the monastery of Surb Karapet… These dances were part of the religious ritual and include the sound of a jangling censer and plate jingles that were used by the priests… This is a substantial piece of musical archaeology and resuscitation.” – Simon Broughton, Songlines
“A prominent Armenian musician is shedding lovely new light on music hitherto heard on the piano…” – Doug Spencer, ABC
Coming Soon: New CD Album Release!
The Gurdjieff Ensemble is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our new CD album, “Zartir,” on ECM Records. The album is set to be released in October 2023 and features a series of new recordings, including music by G.I. Gurdjieff, ,Baghdasar Dpir and the works of ashughs (Jivani and Sayat Nova).
To celebrate this release, we are commencing on a series of concerts around the world. Our first concert tour will take place in some of China’s major concert halls:
18.10.23 – Shanghai Oriental Art Center, CN, 20.10.23 – Jinan Grand Theater, CN, 21.10.23 – Shenzhen Longgang Arts Center, CN , 22.10.23 – Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall, CN
Following our China tour, we will be heading to Europe to present our new program and album:
23.01.24 – ETH, Zurich, CH, 26.01.24 – Bozar Center for Fine Arts, BE, 27.01.24 – Alhambra, Geneva, CH, 28.01.24 – Concertgebouw, NL
Stay tuned for more updates, and join us for a remarkable musical experience. We are eagerly looking forward to sharing our music with you!