The plaintive voice of the duduk is the iconic sound of Armenian music. In this innovative project, Elizabethan lute songs by John Dowland, haunting Armenian melodies, virtuosic baroque sonatas for violin and theorbo, evocative arrangements of Rumi poetry, jazz and free improvisation will be woven together to create a magic carpet of sounds and stories. Duduk maestro Arsen Petrosyan from Armenia, will join Jenny Bliss (vocals, viola da gamba, baroque violin, flute), Yair Avidor (historic lutes) and Ben Hazleton (double bass, tabla) for this stop on their UK tour.
ARSEN PETROSYAN is a young duduk master numerously awarded for his talent. He lives in Charentsavan, Armenia. Seen as a musical prodigy, he initially started his studies at the age of six, learning the “shvi” (Armenian wind instrument) with mentor Krikor Khachtryan. Despite his relative young age (he was born in 1994), Arsen Petrosyan is an accomplished professional musician who has toured in the United-States, Russia, Canada, India, Germany, Spain, France, Republic of Georgia as well as in his own country. He is currently soloist of the Jnar Armenian Traditional Music Ensemble (Yerevan), as well as in his own ensemble recently created, the "Arsen Petrosyan Trio". Arsen Petrosyan goes beyond the boundaries of traditional music (Armenian). He invites his audience to travel toward countries far beyond Armenia : the world is his oyster. His diverse collaborations are here to prove it.
Arsen's website: http://bit.ly/2QBOPQk
This will be our first concert at the beautiful and very homely Norwegian Church. Drinks and Norwegian snacks will be available at the bar. The church is a five minute walk from Rotherhithe Station.
If you require wheelchair access, please contact let us know: access via the side entrance is possible.