The Naghash Ensemble of Armenia has recently started a kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the second volume of their ‘Songs of Exile’ album and book. I’m personally a huge fan of their art. Not only are they a great ensemble composed of outstanding musicians, but they are also creating something very unique. They are reinventing ancient Armenian music in a unique way. Based on texts by the medieval Armenian poet and priest, Mkrtich Nagash and set to new music by John Hodian, “Songs from Exile” is a profound meditation on man’s relationship to God from the perspective of a monk forced to live in exile for many years.
To add to that, the album will be presented as a beautiful book and CD. The first volume included extensive photos, information on Naghash, his poems, reproductions of his paintings, and the birth of the ensemble. The book, including the poems, was translated into English, German, French and Armenian.
I can’t wait to lay my hand, eyes, ears and the mind on the second volume. If you also love this type of art, help them out by pledging or just spreading the word. Click the Support This Project button bellow to go to their kickstarter page.