Vishup Ensemble

“Like a graceful river that both complements and continually redefines its landscape, the music of the Vishup Ensemble meanders through vast, storied swaths of Armenian history, at turns surging and gliding into domains that range from myth, lyric poetry, and metaphysics to gleeful ditties and the ploughman’s song.”
-Sona Hamalyan

Vishup ensemble was founded by flutist, vocalist and guitarist Arik Bambir in 2015 in Armenia, and after leaving for Los Angeles for some period of time it again came back to Armenia and continued its musical journey with new members. Vishup Ensemble is a folk band based on Armenian folklore music. The music of the Vishup Ensemble meanders through vast, storied swaths of Armenian history, at turns surging and gliding into domains
that range from myth, lyric poetry, and metaphysics to gleeful ditties and the ploughman’s song. Vishup Ensemble is an ever-growing collective launched by Arik Bambir with a revolving cast of musicians which act as a thorough exploration into the history of Armenian music. Vishup Ensemble has the distinct pleasure of always incorporating new musicians, moving and evolving with location and time. Vishup is working with its current members for only some two three months, but already had the opportunity to have concerts and performances both in and out of Armenia during different events and festivals.

Vishup’s original compositions and reinterpretations of classics alike thrive not merely on experimentation per se, but, ultimately, a sense of soaring liberty, of wide-open vistas, where passion — whether fiery or sublime — is given free rein. Vishup, after all, means “dragon” in Armenian.

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