In less than twenty years, this disappearing ancient musical art form (Ashugh art) has resurfaced as an integral part of Armenia's cultural panorama. Through the efforts of Professor Tovmas Poghosyan, Armenian Minstrels are seeing a revival.Today, their concert performances sell out as they sing love songs from contemporary Minstrels as well as those dating back some 700 years. In their school, a new generation of minstrels are trained in the hope that some day they, too, might bear the title of Minstrel (Ashugh).Hagop Goudsouzian, the producer/director of ARmenian Exile and the director of My Son Shall Be Armenian, travels to Armenia in pursuit of his dream, in search of the soul of Armenian music. Through a series of chance encounters, he attends a concert at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan to see the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble, one of the most renowned minstrel groups in Armenia. Stunned by the beauty of their music and professionalism, he embarks on an unprecedented musical journey and spends a month filming them. Armenian Minstrels is a one-hour documentary from the filmmaker Hagop Goudsouzian. It was filmed in Armenia, featuring Professor Tovmas Poghosyan, the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble, and impromptu interviews with well-known Armenian Monstrels: Minstrel Andranik Ujanci, Minstrel Astghanush, Minstrel Kochar, and Minstrel Makhmour as they sing and recount the critical role their songs and music play in keeping alive a once-dying art form, and the role music and songs play as a tool for cultural survival. Their touching voices and songs are inspiration for lovers.
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Hagop Goudsouzian travels to Armenia in pursuit of his dream, a search for the soul of Armenian music. Through a series of chance encounters he goes to a concert at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in Yerevan to see the Sayat-Nova Minstrel Song Ensemble and the performances of some of the most renowned Minstrels in Armenia.
Armenian Exile and Armenian Minstrels - 2 DVDs
This package includes Armenian Exile and Armenian Minstrels, two of Hagop Goudsouzian's most powerful documentaries.