The Bird of a Thousand Voices

The Bird of a Thousand Voices

Tigran Hamasyan, Ruben van Leer, Boris Acket, Areni Agbabian
Sun 9 Jun 2024 20:30 - 22:20
Sun 9 Jun 2024
20:30 - 22:20


The Bird of a Thousand Voices


Tigran Hamasyan muziek
Ruben van Leer regie
Boris Acket scenografie
Areni Agbabian zang, performance
Tigran Hamasyan zang, piano, synthesizer
Nate Wood drums
Yessaï Karapetian keyboards, synthesizer
Marc Karapetian bas
Florian Hellwig dramaturgie
Annemarije van Harten kostuumontwerp
Merijn Versnel creative engineer
Timo Lejeune, Wes Boersen creative coding
Tom Visser lichtontwerp

met steun van Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie

An old Armenian folktale about the search for world harmony spectacularly comes to life with a concert in a fantastic moving stage setting with an intriguing light show.

The virtuoso jazz-meets-rock pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan won a major award at North Sea Jazz and has been named International Artist of the Year 2021 in Germany. Having returned to Armenia from the United States, he ingeniously blends traditional music from his birth country into his compositions and improvisations. For The Bird of a Thousand Voices, he worked with Ruben van Leer, known for his beautiful, ground-breaking multimedia projects, and with visual artist Boris Acket handling audio-visual stage design. With Hamasyan’s brand-new piano music, the angelic singing voice of Areni Agbabian and an interactive light installation, they bring the myth preoccupying Hamasyan since childhood to life.

The mythological bird appears in many different cultures and often symbolises resurrection and awakening. In the Armenian tradition, its power is in its song. In order to find the Bird of a Thousand Voices, "the path of no return" must first be taken through black, white and red worlds with endless deserts, cold mountain winters, turbulent rivers and hunted by condemnations, betrayal and forty-headed demons...

‘This story tells me that, if we wish to change the world, we all will need to change individually. This typically Armenian tale was lesser known for ages, but I feel it’s time to present this particular story, with its universal message of spiritual awakening, to the world.’
- Tigran Hamasyan

Language: Armenian, English
Surtitles: English, Dutch

This concert is excluded from Podiumpas