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Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff

Levon Eskenian Audio CD
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Levon Eskenian is an Armenian musician born in Lebanon in 1978. In 1996 he moved to Armenia where he currently lives. In 2005 he graduated from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory where he obtained a master's degree studying the piano with Professor Robert Shugarov. In 2007 he took his postgraduate degree in the class of Professor Willy Sargsyan. He has also studied composition, organ ... Read more in Amazon's Levon Eskenian Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0051O9SGW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Chant From A Holy Book 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Kurd Shepherd Melody 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Prayer 1:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sayyid Chant And Dance No. 10 5:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sayyid Chant And Dance No. 29 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Bayaty 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sayyid Chant And Dance No. 9 3:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. No. 11 From ''Asian Songs And Rhythms'' 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Caucasian Dance 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. No. 40 From ''Asian Songs And Rhythms'' 3:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen13. Assyrian Women Mourners 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
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A compelling and highly attractive project which returns the music of philosopher, spiritual leader, author and composer Georges I. Gurdjieff (circa 1866-1949) to its ethnic inspirational sources. It's performed by some of the leading players in Armenia - the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble founded by Levon Eskenian in 2008. This is an album not only for Gurdjieff enthusiasts, but for any listener with a broad interest in the origins of "world music" and for simple yet subtle melodies played with feeling.

To date Gurdjieff's compositions have largely been studied, in the West, via the piano transcriptions made in the 1920s of Russian composer-pianist 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 that perspective. Eskenian draws attention to the roots of the pieces in folk and spiritual music. This revelatory recording gives a listener the experience of hearing Gurdjieff in full colour and in close-up, from the source rather than filtered through western classical interpretation - Gurdjieff with the instruments of the east.

Levon Eskenian is an Armenian musician born in Lebanon in 1978. He moved to Armenia in 2005 to study at the Komitas Conservatory. An encounter with ECM's Chants, Hymns and Dances - the 2003 album with new Gurdjieff arrangements by Anja Lechner and Vassilis Tsabropoulos - prompted him to think deeply about Gurdjieff's sources, as he recognized a number of the tunes as clearly related to folk songs or sacred songs of the region. Eskenian's liner notes trace each of the pieces to specific geographical points of origin and/or inspiration: Arab, Kurdish, Armenian, Georgian, Greek and so on.

ECM has had an ongoing relationship to Gurdjieff's music, starting with Keith Jarrett's influential Sacred Hymns of G.I. Gurdjieff disc in 1980. It's intoxicating to hear some of these meanwhile well-known themes played by a folk ensemble.

Personnel: The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble, Levon Eskenian (artistic director)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo! 23 April 2012
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Since 1924 there have been many excellent recordings and concert performances based on the Gurdjieff - deHartmann music; though in my experience none other than The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble have had the authenticity of the sources of the music Gurdjieff brought to us; with these arrangements and these instruments we are brought nearer to the sources of the Gurdjieff music, be it folk melodies, sufi songs, or Orthodox hymns.
To witness. like I had the opportunity on Friday the 20th in Stans, Switzerland, an audience of over 500 people in a Catholic Church, silently iistening for a couple of hours also shows that the right place to hear this music is a Church.
Let us hope that the Movements and Dances can follow!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album 10 Jan 2013
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The music from Armenia is always something special. And this is a great example of it. An interesting and intruiging musical adventure from folk roots to piano composition back to folk instruments again. Recommended.
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It's not a simple question how accurate the Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble are the Gurdjieff / de Hartmann arrangements. The rich harmonies and rhythms they add are not present in the solo transcriptions produced by de Hartmann. But it certainly *sounds* like there's something special going on here! The good piano interpretations (e.g., Alain Kremski... don't even bother with Keith Jarrett) can sound rather lacking in atmosphere, so it's refreshing that The Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble here provide that atmosphere very amply. I would recommend anyone interested in the Gurdjieff / de Hartmann music to listen to both this recording and an Alain Kremski recording.
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Beautiful and pure interpretation of Gurdjieff piano music, incredibly well done and with purity from oriental instruments. Music for the soul.
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