Dive into Armenian Tunes
Armenian music is a gorgeous synthesis of East and West, evoking the exotic yearning of the Orient with the pleasant excitement of the Mediterranean. Armenian music truly has something for everyone!
Armenian folk music has unmistakably unique traits that can hardly be missed.
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Traditional Armenian Musical Instruments
Many indigenous musical instruments, such as pandirs or bambirs, stringed instruments, are mentioned in Armenian history.
You may have heard the famous Sabre Dance by the composer Aram Khachaturian, which was used in a scene in the TV show The Simpsons! Classical music is so important in Armenian culture that the stunning Alexander Spendarian Opera and Ballet Theater is a prominent landmark in central Yerevan. Regular concerts and performances are staged there and in other locations.
Armenia hosts a number of international classical music festivals, such as the Armenia International Music Festival, Khachaturian International Music Festival, Yerevan Perspectives Music Festival, and more. Many renowned artists are regularly invited to Armenia to perform with symphony orchestras. It’s a great opportunity for tourists to listen to famous violinists, cellists, and vocalists in Armenia.
Jazz has been a leading musical style in Armenian contemporary music since the 1950s.
Armenian medieval chant is based on folk music and musical traditions from the region's churches, including Byzantine, Syriac, and others.
Modern Armenian Music
Armenian contemporary music is vibrant and distinctive. While some of the modern music may draw inspiration from folk and classical traditions, others might be wholly unrelated to them. Currently, many famous rock bands from Armenia, such as The Bambir, Dogma, Nemra, Savarshavana, Katil, Mikayel Voskanyan, and many others, hold regular concerts for which tickets are available.
Alternative, electronic, and other club music fans will find a lot to their liking at events held in various venues throughout Armenia.