World Music Armenia

  1. Armenian Minstrels - TRAILER

    With a 700 year history
    Armenian Minstrels still echo
    the soul of Armenian Culture.

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    In less than twenty years this disappearing ancient musical art form (Ashugh art) has resurfaced as an integral part of Armenia’s cultural panorama. Through the efforts of Professor Tovmas Poghosyan Armenian Minstrels are seeing a revival.

    Today their concert performances sell out as they sing love songs from contemporary Minstrels as well as those dating back some 700 years. In their school a new generation of minstrels are trained in the hope that some day they too might bear the title Minstrel (Ashugh).

    Hagop Goudsouzian the producer/director of Armenian Echoes and Armenian Exile and the director of My Son Shall Be Armenian and Mon fils sera arménien (in French) travels to Armenia in pursuit of his dream, in search of the soul of Armenian music. Through a series of chance encounters he goes to a concert at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan to see the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble and the performances of some of the most renowned Minstrels in Armenia. Stunned by the beauty of their music and their professionalism he embarks on an unprecedented musical journey and devotes a month filming them.

    Armenian Minstrels is a one-hour documentary from the filmmaker Hagop Goudsouzian.

    Armenian Minstrels filmed in Armenia featuring Professor Tovmas Poghosyan, the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble and impromptu interviews with well known Armenian Minstrels: Minstrel Andranik Ujanci, Minstrel Astghanush, Minstrel Kochar, Minstrel Makhmour as they sing and recount the critical role their songs and music play in keeping alive a once dying art form, and the role music and songs play as a tool for cultural survival. Their touching voices and songs are the lovers’ inspiration.

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  2. Armenian Echoes - Part One
    part one of a three part mini-series on the music of Armenia.

    Music is the very essence of the cultural identity of a people.

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    In this film Hagop Goudsouzian continues his 7-month journey through Armenia in pursuit of his dream, the soul of Armenian Music.

    In the mini-series Armenian Echoes we touch that soul from ancient spiritual songs, through rural and urban dancers to the unsung musicians from isolated villages.

    In his first film on Armenian music, Armenian Minstrels, Hagop Goudsouzian spends a month filming renowned minstrels and featuring the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble.

    Now, in Armenian Echoes he continues his quest to capture and feel the sounds of Armenia.

    Part one features Onik Galstyan, kamancha player in the famous Aram Merangulyan Folk Instruments Ensemble, Arthur Shahnazarian, the eminent musicologist, as he revives ancient spiritual songs written in Khaz performed by the National Chamber Choir of Armenia, the famed Sasun Dance Troupe of Ashnak, Edik Safaryan, celebrated Minstrel from the remote village of Aygedzor and the Surb Tiramayr Choir from Vanadzor.

    Hagop Goudsouzian weaves a beautiful film showcasing a unique glimpse of Armenian life through its music, the very essence of cultural identity.

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    Armenian Echoes - Part Two TRAILER
    part two of a three part mini-series on Armenian music.

    Music is the very essence of the cultural identity of a people.

    In this film Hagop Goudsouzian continues his 7-month journey through Armenia in pursuit of his dream, the soul of Armenian Music.

    In the mini-series Armenian Echoes we touch that soul from ancient spiritual songs, through rural and urban dancers to the unsung musicians from isolated villages.

    In his first film on Armenian music, Armenian Minstrels, Hagop Goudsouzian spends a month filming renowned minstrels and featuring the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble.

    Now, in Armenian Echoes he continues his quest to capture and feel the sounds of Armenia.

    Part two features the Vardanyan Sisters Dance Troupe from Zolakar, highlighting the voices of Heghine Vardanyan and Ruzana Avedissyan, Maria Jelilian, a Canadian dance student at the Sofi Devoyan Cultural Center, the Choir of The Mother Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin with Ruben Sharbatyan conductor, Dzoragiugh's Edmon Safaryan on duduk, and the town's traditional folk group, with Khatchik Sogoyan, Gargan Hakopyan and Yura Hakopyan. The folk dancers of Dzoragiugh are also featured, as are Vanadzor's Bogdan G. Hovhannisyan, the famed singing Khatchkar maker, Prof. Alina Pahlevanyan of the Komitas State Conservatory, and Amra Daveyan, duduk soloist.

    Hagop Goudsouzian weaves a beautiful film showcasing a unique glimpse of Armenian life through its music, the very essence of cultural identity.

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  4. Armenian Echoes - Part Three
    - part three of a three part mini-series on the music of Armenia.

    View ONLINE, BUY DVDs or Blu-ray
    HagopGoudsouzian.com/

    Music is the very essence of the cultural identity of a people.

    In this film Hagop Goudsouzian continues his 7-month journey through Armenia in pursuit of his dream, the soul of Armenian Music.

    In the mini-series Armenian Echoes we touch that soul from ancient spiritual songs, through rural and urban dancers to the unsung musicians from isolated villages.

    In his first film on Armenian music, Armenian Minstrels, Hagop Goudsouzian spends a month filming renowned minstrels, featuring the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble.

    Now, in Armenian Echoes he continues his quest to capture and feel the sounds of Armenia.

    Part three features the Naregatsi Folk Instruments Ensemble, an amazing youth group from Yerevan highlighting the vocalists Gohar Martirosyan and Anush Stepanyan, with Hovik Sahakjan, its artistic director. Also features are Souren Abovyan, the unique kamancha player from the remote village of Koghb, Ruben Rushanyan from Yerevan, the master duduk maker, and the Shahinyan Brothers young duduk duo from Artashat.

    Hagop Goudsouzian weaves a beautiful film showcasing a unique glimpse of Armenian life through its music, the very essence of cultural identity.

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World Music Armenia

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Armenian Minstrels
Armenian Minstrels filmed in Armenia featuring the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble and impromptu interviews with well…


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4 Music documentaries filmed in Armenia
Exploring folk and spiritual music.
HagopGoudsouzian.com/

Armenian Minstrels
Armenian Minstrels filmed in Armenia featuring the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble and impromptu interviews with well known Armenian Minstrels as they sing and recount the critical role their songs and music play in keeping alive a once dying art form, and the role music and songs play as a tool for cultural survival.

Armenian Echoes (2012)
three part mini-series on Armenian music.
Music is the very essence of the cultural identity of a people.
In this film Hagop Goudsouzian continues his 7-month journey through Armenia in pursuit of his dream, the soul of Armenian Music.
In the mini-series Armenian Echoes we touch that soul from ancient spiritual songs, through rural and urban dancers to the unsung musicians from isolated villages.

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