hasmik musicToday we went to an amazing concert by the Shoghaken Armenian folk ensemble, and Jane’s music teacher, Hasmik Harutyunyan. She was very happy to see Jane at the concert and made sure to take a picture with her afterwards! This was one of the best concerts I’ve been to in a long time.

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Jane with music teacher Hasmik Harutyunyan, and her kindergarden teacher, Hasmik Vardanian.

Here are a couple clips from other youtube recordings:

This one switches to 9/8 rhythm:

Our favourite instruments were the blul, shvi, and the qanun (and of course the duduk). Here is Levon Tevanyan on the blul and then shvi:

I’m not sure what the difference between a qanun and a dulcimer is. Karine Hovhannisian is really great:

And of course, the apricot wood, double reed duduk:

As you might have guessed, Hasmik and the Shoghaken ensemble are world wide performers. They also featured on the Silk Road recording project, and in the film Ararat. Goodnight…