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Mosel Musikfestival: Naghash Ensemble

Mosel Musikfestival Gemeinnützige Verwaltungsgesellschaft mbH
Am Kurpark
54470 Berkastel-Kues

Tel. (0049)6531 500095
Fax (0049)6531 500094



Admission: 19/29/39/49/59 €

Hasmik Baghdarsaryan, Soprano
Tatevik Movsesyan, soprano
Arpine TerPetrosyan, alto
Tigran Hovhannisyan, Dhol
Aram Nikoghosyan, Oud
Emmanuel Hovhannisyan, Duduk
John Hodian, grand piano, composer

"When I discovered a fragment of the Armenian poet Mkrtich Naghash, the words in the text jumped right into my soul and I knew I had found what I was looking for." This is how Armenian-American musician John Hodian describes how he came up with the idea of founding the Naghash Ensemble. He let the lyrics determine how his music should sound. Texts based on poems by the medieval Armenian poet and priest Mkrtich Nagash that merge with the sounds of ancient Armenia and the 21st century. When Hodian began composing, he had the three female voices in his head. He intuitively chose the oriental instruments Duduk (Armenian flute), Oud (oriental lute), Dhol (tube drum) and a piano. The ideal cast for his music, "of which one can hardly say whether it sounds old or new, strange or familiar, western or eastern, simple or complex, minimalist or medieval," raves the radio station BR Klassik. John Hodian founded the Nagash Ensemble in 2010 to play his newly created music. The ensemble brings together some of Armenia's best musicians: three classical singers, three instrumentalists at Duduk, Oud and Hodian himself at the piano. The musicians made their debut on 14 October 2012 in the Yerevan Komitas Chamber Music Hall. Although Hodian originally founded the ensemble only for one CD recording, it still exists today.


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