Shoghaken Folk Ensemble

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The Shoghaken Folk Ensemble (Armenian: «Շողակն» ժողովրդական համույթ) is an Armenian musical group that performs and records Armenian folk and ashugh (troubadour) music. The ensemble was founded in 1991[1] in Yerevan. It has since performed in various countries, including France (including a 2006 performance at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris), Germany, Estonia, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates. In the US, they performed at an eighteen-concert 2004 tour and at the 2002 Folklife Festival as part of the Silk Road project organized by Yo-Yo Ma. The ensemble was also featured on the soundtrack to the Atom Egoyan 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.

Among its founding members are sibling singers Hasmik Harutyunyan and Aleksan Harutyunyan, and duduk player Gevorg Dabaghyan.[2] Its members play a variety of traditional Armenian instruments, including but not limited to the duduk, the pku, the zurna, the dhol, the kanon, the kamancha, and the shvi.[3]


  • Hasmik Harutyunyan: vocals
  • Aleksan Harutyunyan: vocals
  • Gevorg Dabaghyan: solo duduk, zurna
  • Vardan Baghdasaryan: kamancha
  • Karine Hovhannisyan: kanon
  • Kamo Khachaturian: dhol
  • Levon Tevanyan: shvi, tav shvi, blul, pku and parkapzuk
  • Grigor Takushyan: dham duduk (drone)
  • Tigran Ambaryan: kamancha
  • Artur Arakelyan: ud
  • Norayr Davtyan: kamancha


  • 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


  1. ^ "Music of Armenia - Shoghaken Ensemble". University of Virginia. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  2. ^ Romero, Angel. "Artist profiles: Shoghaken Ensemble". World Music Central. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Շողակն ժողովրդական համույթ". Retrieved 21 April 2019.

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