On the album 'Shoror', the music of Komitas is interpreted at the crossroads of Armenian folk traditions and European classical style. Mariam Kharatyan and Vigen Balasanyan present a selection of piano works and songs in instrumental versions, bringing the traditional instruments blul and duduk together with the grand piano in a unique soundscape. The album is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Komitas.
Over the years, Komitas (Soghomon Soghomonyan, 1869-1935), collected thousands of Armenian folk songs, sacred songs, instrumental and vocal dance melodies, saving them from loss and oblivion. Besides collecting and arranging Armenian Peasant Songs, Komitas also focused on the instrumental music that was played during folk dances, creating his famous Yot Par and Msho Shoror.