The Avantgarde-Folk-Jazz-Ensemble

Happiness, empathy, grief and longing are the driving force behind the "Armenian Spirit" Ensemble. Souls were never more akin than in this melancholic yet joyful music.

"Armenian Spirit" has already impressed many audiences with the unique compositions and arrangements of its founder and leader Karen Asatrian, all of which derive from the creative synthesis of contemporary jazz and the rich repertoire of Armenian folk music. 

Asatrian's contemporary arrangements are a jazzy exploration between Oriental and Western harmonies. Members of "Armenian Spirit" are mostly Austrian based, but hail from Armenia, Iraq, Croatia as well as Austria. Vocals are executed with a powerfully expressive groovy rhythm performed by Armenian singer Rita Movsesian.

Beside Asatrian (Composer, Pianist and Singer), the Guitarrist and Oud-Player Juan Carlos Sungurlian, who has been enriching the lively Graz jazz scene for decades, is also featured. Emmanuel Hovhannisyan's Duduk (apricot wood flute) adds the special characteristic Armenian tone to the musical concept, which is decisively influenced by none other than Wolfgang Puschnig, a longtime companion of Asatrian and one of the stars of the international and Austrian Jazz scenes. Reinhardt Winkler on Drums and Ante Jurinovic on Bass add the heartwarming drive to the arrangements - both musicians are also held in high esteem within professional music circles. 
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