Bourgie Hall presents

Naghash Ensemble – Songs of Exile

Composer John Hodian draws inspiration from poems by the medieval priest Mkrtich Naghash. The stunning vocal tradition of Armenia and the mesmerizing timbres of its national instruments flow into the contemporary idiom of his works.

“East meets West and antiquity meets modernity in this collection of ruminations, lamentations, and incantations. Highly intriguing yet accessible. — NPR   

Armenians have a profound sense of history. With a culture that dates back to Urartian times (900 B.C.) and a musical legacy that includes such powerful figures as Mesrop Mashtots, Sayat Nova, and Komitas, there is a lot to be proud of.

With its eye on the 21st century, The Naghash Ensemble continues this lineage of tradition and innovation by combining ancient Armenian culture with elements of new classical music, medieval polyphonic vocal music, jazz, folk, and rock.

Hasmik Baghdasaryan, soprano
Tatevik Movsesyan, soprano
Arpine Ter-Petrosyan, viola
Emmanuel Hovhannisyan, duduk
Aram Nikoghosyan, oud
Tigran Hovhannisyan, dhol
John Hodian, piano and compositions

Meditation on Greed
If in This World by Sin You Wander
Lamentation on the Death of a Child
Woe To Those That Keep A Grudge
Another Answer
On the Ignorant
Lamentations for the Dead

Monday, March 13, 2023 at 7:30pm
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