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The Music Of Georges I. Gurdjieff / Eskenian, Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble

Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble / Eskenian
Release Date: 10/18/2011 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 001599102   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments EnsembleArmen YeganyanMeri VardanyanVladimir Papikyan,   ... 
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Read more them he has now realized a remarkable album.

“What appeals most to me in Levon Eskenian's instrumentation is the extremely meticulous, clear cut work approach - without unnecessary ‘composing’ and ‘cleverness’- when in the wilderness of silence the tiniest intervention is done with sound, which is very characteristic of Gurdjieff's works. There is deep silence at the core of Gurdjieff’s music that relates us to the Ecclesiastes chapter of the Bible, or to the truth told of deep silences from faraway lands, a stillness that has not been darkened at all, and has the degree of density that leaves the Gurdjieffian silence immaculate.” – Tigran Mansurian

Tracklist:
Chant from a Holy Book
Kurd Shepherd Melody
Prayer
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 10
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 29
Armenian Song
Bayaty
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 9
No. 11
Caucasian dance
No. 40
Trinity
Assyrian Women Mourners
Atarnakh, Kurd Song
Arabian Dance
Ancient Greek Dance
Duduki


Recorded November/December 2008
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Works on This Recording

1.
Chant from a Holy Book (Hymns, Prayers & Rituals, 3rd Series, No. 47) by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Mélodie des bergers kurdes (Kurd Shepherd Melody), for piano by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Armen Yeganyan (Saz), The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Prayer by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Meri Vardanyan (Kanun), The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Period: Modern 
Written: Armenia 
Length: 1 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4.
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 10, for folk instruments by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
5.
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 29, for folk instruments by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
Chant arménian (Armenian Song), for piano by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: Armenia 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Bayaty by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: Armenia 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
8.
Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 9, for folk instruments by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
9.
No. 11 by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Written: Armenia 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
10.
Caucasian Dance, for folk instruments by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11.
Canto Curdo (No. 40, Allegretto con moto) by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
12.
Trinité, for piano by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  Vladimir Papikyan (Santur), Davit Avagyan (Tar), The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
13.
Pleureuses assyriennes, for piano (from Asian Songs and Rhythms, Vol. 1) by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
14.
Atarnakh, chant kurde (Kurdish song), for piano by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
15.
Arabian Dance, for folk instruments by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
16.
Danse grecque ancienne (Ancient Greek dance), for piano by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
17.
Duduki, for folk instruments by George Gurdjieff
Performer:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble ()
Conductor:  Levon Eskenian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble
Period: Modern 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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