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The Bird of a Thousand Voices

Tigran Hamasyan, Ruben van Leer, Boris Acket, Areni Agbabian

An old Armenian folktale about the search for world harmony spectacularly comes to life with a concert in a fantastic moving stage setting with an intriguing light show.

The virtuoso jazz-meets-rock pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan won a major award at North Sea Jazz and has been named International Artist of the Year 2021 in Germany. Having returned to Armenia from the United States, he ingeniously blends traditional music from his birth country into his compositions and improvisations. For The Bird of a Thousand Voices, he worked with Ruben van Leer, known for his beautiful, ground-breaking multimedia projects, and with visual artist Boris Acket handling audio-visual stage design. With Hamasyan’s brand-new piano music, the angelic singing voice of Areni Agbabian and an interactive light installation, they bring the myth preoccupying Hamasyan since childhood to life.

The mythological bird appears in many different cultures and often symbolises resurrection and awakening. In the Armenian tradition, its power is in its song. In order to find the Bird of a Thousand Voices, "the path of no return" must first be taken through black, white and red worlds with endless deserts, cold mountain winters, turbulent rivers and hunted by condemnations, betrayal and forty-headed demons...

‘This story tells me that, if we wish to change the world, we all will need to change individually. This typically Armenian tale was lesser known for ages, but I feel it’s time to present this particular story, with its universal message of spiritual awakening, to the world.’
- Tigran Hamasyan


Sat June 8 8:30 PM

Sun June 9 3:00 PM

Sun June 9 8:30 PM


  • default including drink from € 33
  • HF Young € 22
  • CJP/student/scholar € 13

language & duration

  • Armenian, English surtitles: English, Dutch

  • 1 hour 15 minutes

  • © Khoren Matevosyan

  • © Khoren Matevosyan

  • <p>Tigran Hamasyan</p>

  • <p>Ruben van Leer</p>

  • <p>Boris Acket</p>

  • <p>Areni Agbabian</p>


music Tigran Hamasyan direction Ruben Van Leer scenography Boris Acket vocals Areni Agbabian, Tigran Hamasyan performance Areni Agbabian piano Tigran Hamasyan keyboards Yessaï Karapetian synthesizer Tigran Hamasyan, Yessaï Karapetian bass Marc Karapetian drums Nate Wood dramaturgy Florian Hellwig costume design Annemarije van Harten creative engineer Merijn Versnel creative coding Timo Lejeune, Wes Boersen lighting design Tom Visser coproduction with the support of The Creative Industries Fund NL

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