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Shoghaken Ensemble

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Yerevan, Armenia (1991 – present)

The Shoghaken Folk Ensemble (a.k.a. Soghaken Folk Ensemble) is an musical group that performs and records Armenian folk and troubador music. The ensemble was founded by Gevorg Dabaghyan in 1991 (or 1995) in Yerevan, Armenia.

The group includes the singers Hasmik Harutyunyan and Aleksan Harutyunyan, the dudukist Gevorg Dabaghyan and the kanon player Karineh Hovhannessian. Its members play traditional Armenian instruments including the , the , the dhol, the , the , and the shvi.

The Shoghaken Ensemble has become one of the most respected traditional music ensembles in . Dedicated to rediscovering and continuing Armenia’s extraordinary folk music history, the group presents music from a broad geographical and historical span using traditional instruments and song styles. Popular dances and troubadour (ashugh) melodies are interspersed with more unusual emigrant- and work-songs, medieval epic verse, mournful wedding dances (a peculiarly Armenian oxymoron) and exquisite lullabies (numbering in the hundreds and renowned for their haunting lyricism).

Shoghaken was involved in several recordings in 2001. In May, Shakeh Avanessian, of London, and Laura Shannon, of Scotland, recorded an album of Armenian dance melodies in Yerevan. Avanessian and Shannon are professional dancers who present traditional dance in concerts and seminars in Europe and the Middle East. The recording, Gorani: Traditional Dances from the Armenian Homeland, is named for “Gorani,” a song and dance from the Moush region of Historic Armenia.

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  • Vaaram

    * Hasmik Harutyunyan: female singer * Aleksan Harutyunyan: male singer * Tigran Ambaryan: kamancha * Artur Arakelyan: ud * Gevorg Dabaghyan: solo duduk, zurna * Karine Hovhannisyan: kanon * Kamo Khachaturian: dhol * Grigor Takushian: dham duduk (drone) * Levon Tevanyan: shvi, tav shvi, blul, pku and parkapzuk

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ificantdance

    Okay, so is it "Shoghaken Ensemble," "Shoghaken Folk Ensemble," or "Soghaken Folk Ensemble?"

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Assacra

    Trve & primordial. Respecting them.

    4 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Eyoki

    Hope they visit London one day soon.

    28 Nov 2010 Reply