HASMIK HARUTYUNYAN GIVES LULLABY CONCERT AT “GIVING VOICE” FESTIVAL
The concert program took the listeners on a journey through the provinces of Historic Armenia, to the provinces of Taron, Vaspurakan, Kharberd, Tigranakert, Trebizond, Cilicia (Kessab and Musa Ler), and Eastern Armenia. Hasmik also sang “Nazei Oror,” a lullaby about the Armenian Genocide, from the poem “The Blind Ashough” by Avetis Aharonian, minister and culture figure of the Armenian republic of 1918-1921. Near the middle of the concert, as Kartashyan played “Vardani Mor Voghbu,” a folk melody about national hero Vardan Mamikonian, on duduk, Hasmik quietly recited the Hayr Mer.
During the course of the festival, Hasmik presented a series of workshops about the Armenian lullaby and traditional Armenian children’s songs, including several written or arranged by Komitas. She also taught several Armenian folk dances, including the well known Gyovend, Kochari, Ververi, Tamzara, Papouri, Shoror, and Mayroke dances. Later, during gatherings and parties, the workshop participants demonstrated their new skills to festival organizers and guests.
Also representing Armenia at the festival of theater and song was Mher Navoyan, musicologist from the Komitas State Conservatory. Navoyan lectured about Armenian monodic music, as well as conducting discussions with Theater Zar members about the life and work of Komitas. Theater Zar, along with the Grotowski Institute (Poland) and the Center for Performing Research (Wales), organized the week-long festival. Currently, Hasmik and her brother, Aleksan Harutyunyan, are recording an album of traditional Armenian wedding songs for Face Music, a record company based in Switzerland, while they continue their activities with the Shoghaken Folk Ensemble of Yerevan, Armenia.