09. April 2011

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Anna Mayilyan & Gurdjieff Folk Instrument Ensemble Spiritual and traditional music from Armenia

NERSES SHNORHALI (1098 – 1173)

Anna Mayilyan (voice)


Levon Eskenian (art direction, arrangements, piano); Armen Ayvazyan, Kamancha, Artak Davtyan (Tar); Emmanuel Hovhannisyan (Duduk); Norayr Gapoyan (Duduk in G); Narek Mnatsakanyan (Duduk in A), Mesrop Khalatyan (Dap); Aramayis Nikoghosyan (Oud); Vladimir Papikyan (Santur); Avag Margaryan (Blul), Meri Vardanyan (Kanon)

Tonight, two mystics step forward from Armenia’s thriving culture: the monk Grigor Naregatsi, who, at the turn of the 10th and 11th century, put the divine harmony of man and nature into words and sounds in the Narekawank Monastery, and the anthroposophist Georges Iwanowitsch Gurdjieff, who, at the turn of the 19th and 20th century, came up with the approach of the Harmonious Development of Man on his journeys through the world to the inside of the soul. In music, both found the means of expression for the transcended revelation of their messages that still find their ways from the land of the oldest Christian religious community to the spiritual world. A musical trip for the soul through hundreds of years and through a culture that has resisted any attempts of extrinsic effacement with never fading hope and confidence in the power of the mind and the arts. One thousand years after their creation, the singer Anna Mayilyan awards an exceptionally gifted voice to Naregatsi’s odes, which reveal an incredible amount of melodic, harmonious and rhythmical turns. Resurrection hymns and lamentations alike resound as the wonders of a divine nature. On his journeys, which were but one great search for the truth, Gurdjieff absorbed music as an authentic carrier of culture in various countries of the Near and Middle East, Central Asia, India, and Northern Africa and documented it in his own musical language. Apart from the musicologist Levon Eskenian on the piano, the Gurdjieff Ensemble is dedicated to this ethnological diversity by playing typical Eastern folk instruments like the Armenian national instrument duduk, a kind of oboe with a big double reed; the oud, the lute of Eastern hemispheres; the originally Persian string instrument kamancha with its long neck; the wind flute blul made from apricot wood, and the zither kanon—true world music that includes elements from Greek, Arabic and Assyrian, Kurdish and Caucasian dances as holy tunes. Gurdjieff merged the essences of music and of faith, releasing spiritual sound energies from Christianity, the Greek Orthodox Church, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sufism.

© Albert

© Albert