Shoghaken Ensemble

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The Shoghaken Folk Ensemble, an Armenian musical group, performs and records Armenian music. The ensemble was founded in 1995 in Yerevan. It has since performed in Armenia, France (including a 2006 performance at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris), Germany, Estonia, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. (including an eighteen-concert 2004 tour and an appearance at the 2002 Folklife Festival as part of the Silk Road project organized by Yo Yo Ma). The music of the Shoghaken Ensemble is featured on the soundtrack of the film Ararat. In 2008, Shoghaken gave concerts during their second major tour of the US and Canada; the tour coincided with the release of the ensemble’s latest CD, Shoghaken Ensemble: Music From Armenia.

The group includes the singers Hasmik Harutyunyan and Aleksan Harutyunyan. Its members play traditional Armenian instruments including the duduk, the zurna, the dhol, the kanon, the kamancha, and the shvi.


  • 1995: Music of Armenia
  • 2002: Armenia Anthology
  • 2002: Gorani: Traditional Dances of the Armenian Homeland
  • 2004: Traditional Dances of Armenia
  • 2004: Armenian Lullabies
  • 2008: Shoghaken Ensemble: Music from Armenia

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