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The Naghash Ensemble of Armenia

Thursday, March 9, 2023
7:00-8:30 PM
Keene Theater East Quadrangle Map
Thursday, March 9
7:00 PM
Keene Theater
East Quad
701 E. University Ave.
Free and open to the public

The Center for World Performance Studies presents the Naghash Ensemble in residence March 7-9, 2023, culminating in a public performance at the Keene Theater. The Naghash Ensemble combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song, new classical music, contemporary post-minimalism, and the energy of jazz and rock. Three brilliant female vocalists and some of Armenia’s finest instrumentalists on duduk, oud, dhol, and piano play 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 deeply moving.

“The sounds of Ancient Armenia reimagined for the 21st century” — Tigran Mansurian

“A moment of grace and meditation”—Rolling Stone

Supported by the Center for World Performance Studies, the Center for Armenian Studies, and the U-M Arts Initiative

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Center for World Performance Studies, at 734-936-2777, at least one week in advance of this event. Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.
Building: East Quadrangle
Event Type: Performance
Tags: Armenia, Armenian Studies, center for world performance studies, cwps, Folk, music
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for World Performance Studies, Residential College, Center for Armenian Studies

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