Introducing two composers who built a bridge between East and West

The Music of Gurdjieff and Komitas

The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, Levon Eskenian, Lusine Grigoryan

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Armenians George Gurdjieff (ca. 1866-1949) and Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935) based their compositions on traditional Armenian folk music. During this afternoon concert in Podium Mozaïek, pianist Lusine Grigoryan will play a selection of their works. On authentic instruments, the ensemble then translates this material back to its ‘folk’ sources. Arranger Levon Eskenian will talk about his arrangements and about the composers, their synthesis of East and West, and their ambivalent, in the case of Komitas tragic connection to Constantinople (nowadays Istanbul).