Luys i Luso

Immersive multi-media installation

In 2015, 100 years after genocide forced Armenians from their homes in Ottoman Turkey, a young Armenian musician made a sonic pilgrimage back to these lands. This musical journey was part of jazz prodigy Tigran Hamasyan’s Luys i Luso project – sacred Armenian music from the 5th – 20th centuries, re-imagined and rearranged for piano and voices by Hamasyan himself. Hamasyan was joined by the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, and together they traveled over 2,000 miles, giving 12 concerts in 3 countries. The vision of the pilgrimage was to breath new life into these churches and lands with sound and music.

Hamasyan and the choir were accompanied on the tour by Armenian-American filmmakers Emily Mkrtichian & Alex Igidbashian who documented all of the places and concerts. The filmmakers, in collaboration with Ondé creative studio in Berlin and Hamasyan himself, created an audio-visual installation from the images and recordings they collected. This installation reimagines the visual, sound and sensory experience of these intimate performances using projection technologies, sound design, and animations that will transform abandoned historic spaces around the world into living, breathing digital recreations of the Luys i Luso tour. Visitors will be able to see, hear and feel the power of Hamasyan’s performances and their respective environments as though they have traveled back in time to the locations themselves.

Music has the power to cross borders and histories, connecting people in all corners of the world. This project breathes new life into Armenia’s musical legacy with innovative, creative technologies that push the boundaries of art to engage and inspire.

After bringing the project to Munich, Germany & Gyumri, Armenia, we are looking to travel to Los Angeles & New York in 2016. To be a part of this immersive musical experience, click the Donate button below.

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