The Naghash Ensemble: Songs of Wisdom(ARM)

Foto: David Galstyan
More about the artist

Described by Tigran Mansurian as “the sound of ancient Armenia reimagined for the 21st century,” The Naghash Ensemble's music combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song, new classical music, contemporary post-minimalism, and the energy of jazz and rock.

Songs of Wisdom is a collection of brand-new compositions by Armenian-American composer John Hodian, written for The Naghash Ensemble and based on 13th-century Armenian poetry by Kostandin Erznkaci. Like a fortune teller from the Middle Ages, Kostandin Erznkaci warns of the tumultuous times to come. Hodian's compositions expand even further on the rhythmic intricacies and bold harmonies of Armenian folk music and post-minimalism, resulting in a body of work that is at once futuristic and timeless.
“The spiritual beauty of the music provokes a mix of joy and ecstasy.” - Les Trans Musicales
“An enchanting elixir of sounds based on new Armenian folk and centuries-old poetry” - KEXP
“The music is unmistakably Armenian and yet, it fits squarely in world music. It is religious and mystical and yet modern. It has the intimacy of folk music and the grandeur of Bach.” - The Armenian Mirror-Spectator
On stage:
Hasmik Baghdasaryan – soprano
Tatevik Movsesyan – soprano
Arpine Ter-Petrosyan – alto
Harutyun Chkolyan – duduk, shvi, pku
Aramayis Nikoghosyan – oud
Tigran Hovhannisyan – dhol, dumbek, daf
John Hodian – piano/composer

Music by John Hodian
Texts by Kostandin Erznkaci (13th century) and Mkrtich Naghash (15th century)

Read more Hide
Buy ticket

Saturday 16 September

Admission19:00 On stage19:30

Regular price

380 kr by table
340 kr on balcony

Student / Senior

340 kr by table
300 kr on balcony

More info

Click on "Buy ticket" to see available seats and buy tickets. Pre-sale closes 2 hours before the event starts. Seats that were not sold during pre-sale will be sold at the door.

For wheelchair-accessible seats please book your tickets via

Is is enough that you show the ticket as a pdf in your smartphone. Mind the environment and avoid unnecessary waste!

More questions?
You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions here. For questions concerning tickets and ticket purshases contact Kulturcentralen: 040-10 30 20.

Picnic theater

This is a picnic event, or as we like to call is: Picnic theater. That means that you may bring your own food and drinks to the event.

It doesn’t matter what you bring – take-away pizza at one table is followed by oysters and caviar at the next. Bring what you feel like, and don't forget to bring glasses and cuttlery!

Please note that you may not bring food if you have tickets for the balcony, only drinks and snacks.

Read more: What is Picnic theater?

More about the artist