Ali-Zadeh’s Dance

Folk music from the Caucasus

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In Ali-Zadeh’s Dance, Amsterdam Sinfonietta performs diverse folk music from the Caucasus. The rich, deep-rooted dance tradition is still flourishing in the Azerbaijan Society and Ali-Zadeh’s Reqs reflects this vibrant tradition.

Her brand new cello concerto invites the cellist Ivan Monighetti to truly shine. The tenth-century Havoun Havoun by the Armenian monk, poet and theologian Grigor Narekatsi is an ode to Christ’s resurrection. Many of the thousands of Armenian folk songs collected and published by Komitas were lost during the Armenian genocide. Chinar es is one of the surviving traditional songs from his collection.

Originally from Georgia, the talented Dutch cellist Ketevan Roinishvili performs Georgian folk music. Florian Magnus Maier’s virtuosic work Gossamer Road draws inspiration from Georgian and Persian music, as well as flamenco.


  • Tsintsadze Indi Mindi, Fly Away, Suliko; from Miniatures
  • Tsintsadze Sachidao, Nana, Tsekva; from Five Pieces on Georgian Folk Themes
  • Maier Gossamer Road
  • Ali-Zadeh Cello Concerto (world première)
  • Ali-Zadeh Reqs (Dance)
  • Narekatsi Havoun Havoun
  • Khachaturian Usundara; from Gayane
  • Komitas Chinar es
  • Traditional Misirlou (in Enschede)


  • Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Candida Thompson direction & violin
  • Nicolas Altstaedt cello (Cello Biënnale Amsterdam)
  • Ivan Monighetti cello
  • Ketevan Roinishvili cello
  • DOMNIQ percussion

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