From ECM: Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff

New from ECM, possibly the finest recording company in the world.

ECM 2236

“Fascinating and highly attractive project which returns the music of Gurdjieff (c. 1866 – 1949) to its ethnic inspirational sources. To date Gurdjieff’s compositions have largely been studied, in the West, via the piano transcriptions of Thomas de Hartmann. Armenian composer Levon Eskenian now goes beyond the printed notes to look at the musical traditions that Gurdjieff encountered during his travels, and rearranges the compositions from this perspective. Eskenian draws attention to the roots of the pieces in Armenian, Greek, Arabic, Kurdish, Assyrian, Persian and Caucasian folk and spiritual music. Enlisting the assistance of some of the leading players in Armenia, Eskenian founded the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble in 2008, and with them he has now realized a remarkable album.

Emmanuel Hovhannisyan, duduk
Avag Margaryan, blul
Armen Ayvazyan, kamancha
Aram Nikoghosyan, oud
Levon Torosyan, oud
Meri Vardanyan, kanon
Vladimir Papikyan, santur
Davit Avagyan, tar
Mesrop Khalatyan, dap, dhol
Armen Yeganyan, saz
Reza Nesimi, tombak
Harutyun Chkolyan, duduk
Tigran Karapetyan, duduk
Artur Atoyan dam, duduk
Levon Eskenian – director

Chant from a Holy Book
Kurd Shepherd Melody
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 10
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 29
Armenian Song
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 9
No. 11

Caucasian dance
No. 40
Assyrian Women Mourners
Atarnakh, Kurd Song
Arabian Dance
Ancient Greek Dance

This title will be released at Amazon on October 4, 2011.