Organized by Sruti Bala and Natali Boghossian. Wednesday 4 December 2019, 16.00 – 18.00 hrs. University Theatre, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, 1012 CP Amsterdam. All are welcome. Lecture: Dr. Natali Boghossian , researcher of Contemporary Opera at ASCA, UvA Confirmed Musicians for the Concert: Natali Boghossian, mezzo-soprano Sruti Bala, tabla & MeDDuo Duo Mediterranean Murat Timak, Anatolian traditional wind instruments Adrashes Agoshian, double bass, piano (Gomidas Award)
|Date||4 December 2019|
|Time||16:00 - 18:00|
The 150th birth anniversary of renowned Armenian composer, ethnomusicologist, music collector and singer (Gomidas-Komitas Vartabed – 1869-1935) has been included in the UNESCO Calendar of anniversaries of eminent personalities and important events of 2019. A series of events is being organised all over the world to celebrate the prominent composer’s birthday. One of the pioneers in musicology and one of the founding members of the European Musical Association, Gomidas contributed considerably to the association’s Berlin branch by presenting lecture-concerts that offered a methodical introduction to the characteristics of Armenian music. He turned his attention to the anthropological, sociological and historical aspects of comparative musicology and published significant research studies in cultural anthropology. He worked on the decipherment of Armenian khazzes, or neume notation, used to transcribe Armenian liturgical chants since the 8th century. He travelled all around Anatolia to notate about 4000 Armenian, Turkish and Kurdish folks songs between the late 1800s and early 1900s.
The event will feature a lecture about his turbulent life and his works, extracts from his sacred and secular works, with musical interludes, comprising selections from his compositions and arrangements.
Dr. Natali Boghossian , researcher of Contemporary Opera at ASCA, UvA
Natali Boghossian, mezzo-soprano
Sruti Bala, tabla
MeDDuo Duo Mediterranean
Murat Tirnak, Anatolian traditional wind instruments
Adrashes Agoshian, double bass, piano (Gomidas Award)