Al. Spendiaryan Qanon Ensemble | Traditional Armenian qanon music
Homegrown Concerts from the Library of Congress, Co-sponsored by the American Folklife Center
JUNE 26, 2018, 12:00 PM, No Tickets Required
Founded by musician and educator Tsovinar Hovhannisyan, the Al. Spendiaryan Qanon Ensemble was created to encourage Armenian girls and young women to take up an instrument traditionally played by men. The Ensemble has gone on to produce virtuosic musicians, sparking a “gender revolution” in their wake and bringing fresh energy to concert stages around the world. The qanon is a string instrument played in much of the Middle East, Maghreb, West Africa, Central Asia, and southeastern regions of Europe. The name derives from the Arabic word qanun, meaning "rule, law, norm, principle." The qanon is a large zither with a thin trapezoidal soundboard. It is related to the santur and the hammered dulcimer, and is thought to trace its origins back to Assyria, where an ancestral homologue might have been used in Mesopotamian royal courts and religious ceremonies. This concert is presented in association with the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.