Friday
18. March 2016

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Hover Septet & Usted Naseeruddin Saami All Words End Here

All ceremonies in the Armenian Church – from the Divine Liturgy to the nine services – are accompanied by music. The heritage of church hymns passed down from the 8th to the 19th century has been translated by the priest, musician, and music ethnologist Komitas Vardapet into a reformed musical liturgy on the basis of the chants of elder priests. Armenian hymn singing lives on in the Hover Septet. The singers’ palette ranges from the liturgical chants of Komitas to contemporary scores by Pärt and Penderecki based on the eight modes of Armenian church music. Saami Saheb and his fellow musicians from Pakistan make music in the tradition of the contemplative and ornate “Khyal”. Khyal is Arabic for fantasy. The recipient of the music is the heart and not the mind. “All words and explanations end here.” (the Indian poet Jigar Moradabadi)

© Sona Andreasyan

© Sona Andreasyan