A septet of masterful vocalists and instrumentalists gives renewed voice to Armenia's spiritual lineage in bracing, emotional, and propulsive work rising on the classical scene.
"A stunning discovery" (Bayerischer Rundfunk), The Naghash Ensemble combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song, new classical music, and contemporary post-minimalism with the energy of rock and jazz. Three brilliant female vocalists and some of Armenia's finest instrumentalists on duduk, oud, dhol, and piano play captivating new music based on sacred texts by the medieval Armenian mystic poet and priest, Mkrtich Naghash.
Written by Armenian-American composer John Hodian, The Naghash Ensemble's "Songs of Exile" is a meditation on man's relationship to God from the perspective of a monk forced to live in exile for many years. "Part folk music, part classical, and profoundly moving. Unmistakably Armenian, but out of this world." (Armenisch-Deutsche Korrespondenz)
The Naghash Ensemble is part of Center Stage, a public diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with funding provided by the U.S. Government, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts in cooperation with the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations. General management is provided by Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 day of show (including all service charges). They are also available by phone through Hold My Ticket at 505-886-1251.
More information: https://www.ampconcerts.org/event/406976/naghash-ensemble