New release: An album is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Komitas.
On the album Shoror, the music of Komitas is interpreted at the crossroads of Armenian folk traditions and European classical style. Mariam Kharatyan – pianist and Vigen Balasanyan present a selection of piano works and songs in instrumental versions, bringing the traditional instruments blul and duduk together with the grand piano in a unique soundscape.
Besides collecting and arranging Armenian Peasant Songs, Komitas also focused in particular on the instrumental music that was played during folk dances, creating his famous Yot Par and Msho Shoror. Each dance-melody has its roots from a particular region of Armenia and is marked by Komitas to be played in style of folk instruments/ensemble of folk instruments. In songs, Kharatyan’s departure point has been the arrangements for solo piano by Villy Sargsyan and the original version for voice and piano by Komitas. Through the artistic search and her response to the folk aesthetics, when playing the songs together with blul and duduk – among the oldest Armenian folk instruments, it is, in fact, re-evoking the folk sonority and folk expression of the music.