Legendary Amadinda Percussion Group to perform in Armenia
The event is scheduled for 19 June at Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in capital Yerevan.
The concert program features Orlando Gibbons, Steve Reich, John Cage, Elliot Cole, Aurel Hollo-Zoltan Vaczi and Otea (traditional music from Tahiti).
Legendary British vocal group The Swingles opened the Yerevan music festival on 29 April, followed by a recital of world-famous pianist Ivo Pogorelich and the first performance of Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet in Armenia on 28 May.
The Yerevan Perspectives International Music Festival is being held under the auspices of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and with support of My Step foundation.
Amadinda Percussion Group was formed in 1984 in Budapest, Hungary by four musicians who had just graduated from the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Right from the start, besides performing significant pieces from the classical percussion repertoire, Amadinda has made it a point to inspire composers to create new works. Three of the greatest names of the second half of the XX century: John Cage, György Ligeti and Steve Reich are among those who have dedicated a new piece for them.
In 1990's initial goals of the group were soon extended by three new elements: research of traditional percussion cultures, composition of new music by the members of the ensemble and transcriptions of some great pieces from the history of classical music.
As a result, Amadinda has created a unique repertoire that has been enchanting audiences for 35 years, in 35 countries, on 4 continents, at venues such as the Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus (Vienna), Royal Albert Hall (London), National Concert Hall (Taipei), Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas) and Carnegie Hall (New York).
A truly outstanding achievement of Amadinda’s work is the complete recordings of the percussion works of John Cage on a series of 6 CDs, completed in 2011.
Amadinda has collaborated actively in the past 30 years with renowned artists like Peter Eötvös, Paul Hillier, Zoltán Kocsis, András Schiff, Éva Marton, György Kurtág, András Keller and James Wood. Nowadays Amadinda is regarded as one of the most original and versatile percussion groups in the world.