Produced in collaboration with the Embassy of Armenia
Our Armenian festival introduces DC audiences to the singular Armenian/Syrian artist Kevork Mourad (winner of Germany’s
2019 Robert Bosch Stiftung prize for animation), who creates animated artwork in real time in response to live music.
To preview the magic of Kevork Mourad’s “Armenian Odyssey” (March 4):
Music by Vache Sharafyan recorded by Suren Bagratuni
Armenian Odyssey (world premiere)
Kevork Mourad creates a multi-media meditation that ponders how crossing cultural boundaries can inspire tolerance and understanding. With legendary duduk master Jivan Gasparyan and Jivan Gasparyan, Jr.; cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan; and composer Vache Sharafyan.
PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Armenian Film Festival
In association with the National Cinema Center of Armenia.
Saturday afternoon, Feb. 29 — 1 pm (Freer Gallery)
-Including a restoration of his masterpiece, The Color of Pomegranates (1969), plus the US premiere of a new restoration of Parajanov Triptych (Hakob Hovantanyan, Kiev Frescoes, Arabesques on the Pirosmani Theme)
Also: Kevork Mourad’s Four Acts for Syria (US premiere)
Commentary by: Levon Abrahamian, Daniel Bird, Kevork Mourad
Sunday afternoon, March 1 — 2 pm (Freer Gallery)
–Including Zangezur (1938), Khachaturian clips, and cartoons.
Commentary: Peter Rollberg, Joseph Horowitz
Saturday afternoon, March 14 — 2 pm (National Gallery of Art)
—Including Love Me Tonight (1932), Porgy and Bess (excerpts), and archival clips.
Commentary: Joseph Horowitz, Kurt Jensen, and Milena Oganesyan
FURTHER INFORMATION ON FILM EVENTS: https://www.nga.gov/calendar/film-programs/armenian-odyssey.html
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – The Museum of the Bible 400 4th St SW, Washington, DC 20024
Reception: 6:30 pm / Concert: 7:30 pm
Vache Sharafyan: composer/pianist/commentator
Hoorig Poochikian: Violinist
“Every nuance of this subtle work was lovingly observed, and when he did let rip it was with blazing virtuosity. . .
He could certainly give Yo-Yo Ma a run for his money.”
— The Independent (UK)
To hear Narek Hakhnazaryan perform Giovanni Sollima’s “Lamentatio”: