Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble & Hasmik Harutyunyan present GORANI: Lullabies and Love Songs to Lost Homelands
Kitka Women’s Ensemble and renowned Armenian folk singer, Hasmik Harutyunyan, are pleased to present Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Komitas Vardapet (1869-1935), a composer, folk song collector, and icon in the history of Armenia.
One of Armenia’s leading folk singers, Harutyunyan has received international acclaim for her mellifluous renditions of Armenian lullabies and her work with Yerevan’s Shoghaken Ensemble. Her nuanced and passionate interpretations of traditional melodies from historical villages across the Armenian plateau offer a mesmerizing glimpse into a lost world.
Together with Kitka’s eight vocalists, Harutyunyan will perform a program featuring lullabies and love songs, as well as emigrant and work songs, many collected and arranged by Komitas, considered the founder of modern Armenian classical music, and a pioneer in the field of ethnomusicology. Thanks to his painstaking work, countless traditional songs survived the Armenian Genocide.
About Hasmik Harutyunyan
Harutyunyan draws strength and inspiration from her ancestors in the province of Moush in historic (Western) Armenia, especially her grandmother, Mafo, who sang to her as a child. In addition to songs sung by her family, Harutyunyan learned many of the songs in her repertoire from elder women who had emigrated from Western to Eastern Armenia before or during the Armenian Genocide of 1914-1923, as well as from their descendants and old song collections.
Harutyunyan’s Shoghaken Ensemble has performed throughout Armenia, Georgia, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Europe, and North America. In 2002, the Ensemble was honored to take part in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. Their music can also be heard on the soundtrack of the film Ararat. Harutyunyan passes her cultural heritage on to the next generation as director of the Hayrik Mouradyan Children’s Traditional Song and Dance Ensemble. For more information, visit road-to-armenia.com/hasmik/hasmik.html.
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