Dark Eyes/New Eyes - A Journey in Armenian Music

EVENT: Dark Eyes/New Eyes - A Journey in Armenian Music

DATE: Thursday, May 16, 2013
TIME: 7:00pm until 8:15pm

Perspectives Ensemble and Judson Arts Present
Dark Eyes/New Eyes -- A Journey in Armenian Music

Free Admission
Running time: approximately one hour and fifteen minutes
Reception with the artists and audience to follow

Featuring: Kevork Mourad, visual artist
MAYA—John Hadfield, percussion; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Sato Moughalian, flute
With Ara Dinkjian, oud; Eve Beglarian, vocals; Shane Shanahan, percussion; Nina Stern, recorder & chalumeau
Zulal—Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian, Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian

Performing traditional Armenian music and works of Eve Beglarian, Ara Dinkjian, Gomidas Vartabed, John Hadfield, Sayat-Nova and Zulal

Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South (West 4th St, South side of Washington Square Park, between Thompson & Sullivan Streets)

A concert celebrating the life of Danièle Doctorow

Dark Eyes/New Eyes is a story told through Armenian music, both traditional and modern--a program which honors the ancestors who stand behind us and the new possibilities of life and art in the world today. The performance is fully integrated with the live and animated images of Kevork Mourad who paints in real time, with his art projected onto a large screen. Ten musicians offer lively and contemplative songs of village life, work songs and humorous songs, the powerful expressions of Gomidas Vartabed, who could capture the spirit of a people in a single piece of music, and the languidly beautiful melodies of 18th century troubadour/composer Sayat-Nova. In Dark Eyes/New Eyes ancient stories are told from a new point of view, with selections from Eve Beglarian’s Far Off Country; improvisations on Armenian dance rhythms by John Hadfield; and a meeting place for East and West as the brilliant oudist/composer Ara Dinkjian spins improvisations that cross the boundaries between Middle Eastern maqams and jazz.

Perspectives Ensemble and Judson Arts present Dark Eyes/New Eyes featuring the performances of MAYA, a trio of John Hadfield, percussion/composer; Bridget Kibbey, harp; and Sato Moughalian, flute, with guest artist Shane Shanahan, percussion; oud virtuoso and composer Ara Dinkjian; composer and vocalist Eve Beglarian; recorder and chalumeau luminary Nina Stern; and Zulal, the a cappella Armenian folk trio with singers Teni Apelian, Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, and Yeraz Markarian.

Dark Eyes/New Eyes pays homage to the journeys of our families, ancestors and departed ones, exploring the time-honored art forms through which culture is transmitted over time, as well as new incarnations of those traditions as they are regenerated today.

Founded in 1993, Perspectives Ensemble creates musical events that contextualize the works of composers. Perspectives Ensemble is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. www.perspectivesensemble.com

This concert is generously supported by the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, Mr. Jarvis Doctorow, Robert and Suzanne Larson, in celebration of the life of Danièle Doctorow--cellist, guiding light for Perspectives Ensemble, and human being extraordinaire. Additional support is generously provided by the Hegardt Foundation, and Judson Arts, Michael Conley, Music Director. Judson Memorial Church continues to be a beacon for free spirits in the arts and politics and a leader among progressive faith communities in the city and nation for over 100 years. Perspectives Ensemble is grateful for the the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance General Operating Support Re-grant Program, made possible by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation.

Dark Eyes/New Eyes is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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