On Tour in America - May 2017
From ancient monasteries in Armenia to music festivals around the world, Bet Williams and John Hodian have been creating and performing music together for over 15 years. Described as, "a unique hybrid of world music, art song, Armenian spiritual music and avant-garde folk; utterly uncategorizable but transcendentally beautiful,” by the Washington Post, their music is a blend of ancient and modern cultures and musical styles, with earthy, trance-like rhythms and at times chant-like melodies.
"Composer John Hodian plays evocative melodies and intricate rhythms on the piano that reflect his Armenian roots, his classical training and a love of improvisation. Bet Williams sings, breathes, shouts, whispers and cries with her 4- octave-range voice. On percussion, their 13-year-old son Jack Hodian possesses a keen sense of rhythm unparalleled by most adult drummers."
- Hamburg Abendblatt
Epiphany Project • Bet Williams Band • The Naghash Ensemble
The trio will also be performing excerpts from 3 unique ensembles; Epiphany Project (world music grooves & esoteric languages), Bet Williams Band (blues inflected folk-rock) and John Hodian’s The Naghash Ensemble. The Naghash Ensemble combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song, new classical music, contemporary post-minimalism and the energy of rock and jazz. Their Magnum Opus "Songs of Exile" is a profound meditation on man's relationship to God from the perspective of a 15th century Armenian monk forced to live in exile for many years.
“East meets West and antiquity meets modernity in this collection of ruminations, lamentations and incantations. Highly intriguing yet accessible.” — NPR