In 1991 Tineke van Geel established Van
Geel Records, concentrating on the production of Armenian folk
music. In that year its first album ‘Hayastan – Armenian dances’ appeared,
performed by the Muradian Ensemble from Armenia.
Muradian Ensemble from Armenia.
Tineke van Geel also took the opportunity to record
folk music that was on the
band’s concert repertoire. This resulted in a second production with both
traditional folk melodies as well as arranged folk music on the CD ‘Muradian
Ensemble vol. 1’.
Since 1991 a number of other titles have been released.
The history behind Van Geel Records
As a researcher and teacher of Armenian folk dances Tineke’s
passion for Armenian folk music has always been an important component
of her love for Armenian dance.
She felt motivated to support her dance classes with recordings of
good quality. This need has grown into the establishment of her own
record label, Van Geel Records.
It is quite unique that these recordings could be realized in the Netherlands
with musicians from Armenia. It is also unique that most of the recorded
tunes have never been released in Armenia.
A complete survey of titles is listed on