The third album from Levon Eskenian’s remarkable ensemble is its most adventurous to date. As well as reclaiming the music of esoteric teacher G.I. Gurdjieff for folk instrumentation, Zartir situates Gurdjieff in a tradition of Armenian bards and troubadours. In parallel, an emphasis on pieces for sacred dance reaches its apex in The Great Prayer, an entrancing collaboration between the Gurdjieff Ensemble and the National Chamber Choir of Armenia, which draws upon ritual music of multiple faiths.

 

Tracklist

Side A:

  1. Pythia
  2. No. 10
  3. Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 41
  4. Introduction and Funeral March
  5. Oriental Dance
  6. Kankaravor Enker
  7. Dard mi ani
  8. Thirty Gestures

Side B:

  1. Prayer and Despair
  2. Sayyid Chant and Dance No. 42
  3. Ashkharhes Me Panjara e
  4. Trembling Dervish
  5. Zartir
  6. The Great Prayer