Dialogue with Komitas concert in Istanbul

Dialogue with Komitas

“Dialogue with Komitas” concert will take place in Istanbul on November 13, 2015. Duduk player Araïk Bartikian and Hasmik Harutyunyan will accompany Marc Sinan Company.

The German-Turkish-Armenian guitarist and composer Marc Sinan who realized the projects “Hasretim – Journey to Anatolia” and “Dede Korkut – The story of Tepegoz”, brings together his own compositions with the compositions of Komitas (1869-1935), Armenian composer and musicologist and Vache Sharafyan, a modern composer from Armenia.

Marc Sinan presents excerpts of his new project “Komitas” alongside the premiere of his commission of Vache Sharafyan’s “Dialogues with Komitas” on this tour to Istanbul and Yerevan.

Sinan’s Armenian grandmother is a survivor of 1915 Genocide. She was raised as an orphan on the Black Sea coast by a Turkish family who was unable to accept the expulsion of their Armenian neighbours. Now her grandchild reflects on her fate in his contemporary compositions linked to and based on original compositions by the great Komitas Vardapet.

Vache Sharafyan developed his own “Dialogues” in a similar way, reflecting the personal history of Komitas in his own compositions and connecting them with refined arrangements of some of his favourite Komitas Songs.

This project is dedicated to the “lost voice” of Komitas. German, Turkish and Armenian artists who stand hand in hand in this project, aim to use the power of music to rise above the horror.

Artistic director & Guitar: Marc Sinan

Duduk & Zurna: Araïk Bartikian

Soprano: Hasmik Harutyunyan

Clarinet: Oğuz Büyükberber

Trombone: Johannes Lauer

Flute: Sascha Friedl

Percussion: Daniel Eichholz

Violin: Ayumi Paul