Gurdjieff Ensemble

The Internationally acclaimed Armenian Gurdjieff Ensemble consists of leading musicians playing Armenian and Middle Eastern traditional instruments.

The Ensemble was founded by Levon Eskenian to play ‘ethnographically authentic’ arrangements of the G. I. Gurdjieff/Thomas de Hartmann piano music, then diversely expanding the repertoire that now includes music from the Middle East, as well as ancient and medieval Armenian folk and spiritual music, troubadours songs from the Caucasus, and works by contemporary composers. Their “Music of Georges.I. Gurdjieff” debut album on the famous ECM records was widely acclaimed, and won prestigious awards including the Edison Award in the Netherlands, and since then the ensemble has been touring in nearly 150 cities in 26 countries in Europe, Australia, Russia, the Middle East, North, and South America, among which are sold-out performances at the Holland Festival, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Boulez hall in Berlin,  the Bozar Center in Brussels, the Morgenland and Rudolstadt festivals in Germany, the Gulbenkian Hall in Lisbon, the Budapest Spring festival in Hungary, the Sala São Paulo in Brazil, the Albert Hall in Canberra,  the Chicago World music festival in USA and many more.

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“Delicate, haunting and atmospheric selection of instrumental pieces… they range from drifting, mesmeric arrangements for the duduk Armenian woodwind to subtle, sparse passages, or more sturdy dance pieces played on the zither-like kanon, the oud or the santur dulcimer. An intriguing, often gently exquisite set.”

– Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“Powerfully hypnotic. The Gurdjieff Ensemble offers listeners a chance to hear the music in a way that is ethnically specific, and in jolting bright color.”

– Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, New York Times

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