Nairyan Vocal Ensemble
Nairyan is a Classical vocal ensemble that was founded in 2015 at Mughdusian Art Center in Yerevan. The group consists of five girls Naira Mughdusyan, Elena Azaryan, Anna Minasyan, and previously Srbuhi Manukyan and Diana Ayvazyan. Most of Quintet’s performances are acapella.
A group of young people, who have a musical education, have united around a common idea to present Komitas music, Armenian song and contribute to folk and church music publicity, as well as paving the way for big stages. The ensemble sings acapella, although there are performances accompanied by clarinet and other instruments, which are again performed by the girls.
The group is professional. The Ensemble performs flash mobs in various public places and has different musical numbers aimed at publicizing Komitas and folk music. It had four solo concerts, participated in various international festivals․ The last one is VERATSNUND, where the girls took first place.
The Girls of Nairyan vocal ensemble are learning sign language, to include everyone in their Art.
The name of the band was chosen by Yeghishe Charents’ granddaughter. “We were thinking about what to name, one day Gohar Charents suggested that the group be called in a Charentsian word: Nayiryan, I agreed,” recalls Naira Mughdusyan.
“We all feel each other, we take the song and do it like we have been singing together for a year,” said the girls of Nairyan, completing each other.
Besides Komitas and folk songs, they also include modern songs in their repertoire. “We are also able to sing rabiz in a few tones and sounds and go to weddings,” joked the girls.
How did it all start
In an interview to hetq.am the artistic director of the group, Naira Mughdusyan who is currently studying at Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, explains how while she was studying at Arno Babajanyan Music-Pedagogical College, she decided to create an ensemble and approach Komitas and Armenian folk song music with a new approach.
“I decided to unite the same ideas, approaches, and ideas as young people who, without having any financial support, will love the art that they just sing.”Their repertoire includes Komitas and folk songs. “Our goal is to make our national music more accessible. I think Komitas is never old, Komitas can always sing, “says Naira Mughdusyan, the band’s artistic director.
“I have never thought that one day I will sing Komitas and it will become my part,” says Elena Azaryan, a singer of the “Nairyan” vocal ensemble. After returning from the Russian Federation and studying in Armenia.
“I started for the experience, now the band has become a part of me,” says Anna Minasyan, who is a licensed choir director.
Remembering Previous Members
“We choose together what we have to do and then divide parts among us, for example, if Elena performs pop songs better, she is given that part,” says Srbuhi.
“We worked together for almost a year, one day I accidentally learned that Yelena also played the clarinet, and I offered to perform a clarinet. The experiment succeeded. Diana now learns guitar, we’ve added guitars in our repertoire, “says the artistic director of the ensemble.