Lucina Manoukian

LUCINA on Barahantes.ComABOUT LUCINA MANOUKIAN

An artist with an uncompromising passion for music, LUCINA exploded onto the scene, igniting audiences worldwide within a matter of a few short years. Her voice, fueled by the energy and passion of youth, her sound, melodic and moving coupled with a rhythmic edge. A pioneer in many respects within the music industry, LUCINA is the first artist from Armenia to sign with the EMI label, an unprecedented feat for a budding musician. After her hit single “On Tour” with former Fugees front man Wyclef Jean, she moved seamlessly from up-tempo Oriental grooves to sultry ballads like “Miracle” and “Take Me Away”, off her self-titled debut album. With a veteran’s self-assurance, her work bears hints of early Mariah and Celine, the divas she grew up on and admires. Songs like “Toor Eents Seru Ko” (Give Me Your Love) launched her remarkable career and opened the door to a world, she once only dreamt about.

Born and raised in Yerevan, LUCINA attended the Yerevan State University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, though she had been studying piano and cultivating her vocal talents since childhood. Compared to the average Armenian girl, she was truly exotic both in terms of where she resided and how she lived. Her persistence is what set her apart as she travelled abroad, in search of new opportunities. During her time in Los Angeles LUCINA was even asked to perform on Broadway, but turned it down because of her dedication to education. Realizing that her chosen profession was not her true calling, she actively began to pursue a career in music.

Whether by chance or design, LUCINA’s collaboration with internationally renowned composer, pianist and producer, Guy Manoukian, was a turning point in her career. Perfect synergy turned into harmony as her powerful vocals paired well with Manoukian’s composing skills. While in New York, recording their first track at Platinum Studios, LUCINA was discovered by Wyclef Jean, who happened to be working on his latest album, “Carnival volume II – Memoirs of an immigrant” featuring Serge Tankian, TI, Norah Jones and Paul Simon. “On Tour”, LUCINA’s first English single with Wyclef, spent five weeks at the number one spot in Armenia and went on to become a world-wide hit. While on his European tour, LUCINA had a chance to perform for thousands of fans in Madrid, a tremendous honor for her and a taste of what is to come. It wasn’t long before she was back at Platinum, recording her debut album “LUCINA” and to ink a record deal with EMI.

Over the course of the albums thirteen songs, LUCINA serves us her own portrait of American music. From Central Park and the Brooklyn Bridge to Lebanon and Monaco, each video presents a different aspect of her life and each track shows us her versatility. Released in September of 2009, in her hometown of Yerevan, LUCINA was able to come back to where it all started from, not too long ago.

Plans for a second album are underway, this time in her native tongue. Inspired by the Armenian folk songs she used to sing with her grandmother, LUCINA intends to dedicate the record to her and to represent her nation on the world stage.

source: LUCINA’s Facebook Profile

Arthur Meschian

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Arthur Meschian is often referred to as one of the greatest Armenian musicians, artists and poets of our time.

Many still hold memories of live recordings of Meschian and “Apostles” in the late 60’s and 70’s recorded on boom-boxes. They began as three architecture students at Yerevan Institute of Technology — the “Apostles” quickly rose to become the voice of a generation. Amalgamating Armenian gospel with rock rhythms, the band left an unforgettable impression on their audience. Those were the times of suppression and Soviet censorship. The voices of the “Apostles”, like many in that era, were heavily muffled and even banned. Yet repetitive attempts of the governing powers to ban or sabotage the band’s concerts by shutting down the electricity, or blocking entrances of the concert venues, were in vain. Some still remember the candlelit concerts where Arthur’s voice soared over his acoustic guitar and reached every person in the back row clear as day. Nor will they ever forget the sight of thousands of students breaking though police barricades to get into concert halls where the “Apostles” were performing.

Still the band managed to find ways to avoid the red tape. In 1970, the “Apostles” performed a theatrical piece “The Insane Asylum”, which quickly became recognized as the first Armenian rock opera. Then they went on to tour a number of Soviet Republics, playing at college campuses across the USSR.

In 1975, while still with the “Apostles”, Meschian was commissioned by the great Catolicos Vazken I to write a requiem dedicated to those fallen in 1915, bringing together the pioneering style of his rock band and the classical sounds of the Armenian Chamber Orchestra. In search of the lyrical content for this piece, Meschian turned to a book called “The Suffering” (Tarapank) by the great Armenian poet Mushegh Ishkhan, who had experienced the Genocide of 1915 as a child fleeing death with his remaining family. Through Ishkhan’s words, Meschian and the “Apostles” delivered the true essence of the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.

1978 – Even though the “Apostles'” music was banned from the media, Meschian managed to get the band onto a national television network by scoring the music for a televised play called “The Cannibal” (Martaker). Although the play had a political undertone it somehow managed to slip through the cracks of censorship, and the “Apostles” managed to appear live on national television.

None of the details of the “Apostles'” disappearance from the scene in the late 70’s ever became public. The void that followed was being filled by quickly emerging singer/songwriters trying to recreate what was lost. Then in 1984 Meschian emerged on his own with a new lineup. The lineup included two of his protégés – Vahan Artsruni and Gourgen Melikian. This marked the beginning of Meschian’s flourishing musical career.

Though the doors to main concert halls were still closed for Meschian’s concerts, he continued packing auditoriums of every type possible. The “Apostles” fans, now as mature adults, continued to show. Also new faces began to appear. A new wave of college students caught wind of what was happening in the underground and with every show their numbers increased. The dates were announced by word of mouth one or two days prior to the concerts, so as to prevent the local authorities from seizing the chance to interfere.

Meschian’s charisma won the attention of a number of Armenian film makers. Meschian was hounded with multiple offers to appear in films. He continuously declined every single offer that came his way. Then in 1984, film director Rouben Kevorkiants made him an offer he could not refuse. Kevorkiants was preparing to shoot a film about the life of the great Armenian poet Michael Nalbandian. He promised Meschian full creative control over the music if he would agree to appear in the lead role as Michael Nalbandian. Meschian agreed. This was his first and last opportunity to professionally record his music while still living in Soviet Armenia. The film included three instrumental pieces and the song “Ancient Land” (Yerkir Hnamya), written especially for the film.

In 1988 a new political movement started. The Armenian region of Artsakh (Karabakh) decided to declare autonomy from the republic of Azerbaijan. A giant wave of supporters began gathering in front of Yerevan Opera House in demonstration of their support for the struggling region. This is the kind of movement Meschian had been waiting for. New faces began to emerge as leaders of this political movement. They soon became known as the Pan Armenian Movement Committee (PAMC). During this time Meschian, along with singer/songwriter Rouben Hakhverdian, staged a concert to uplift the spirits of the protesters who would sleep on the steps of the Opera House. The concert caused an unexpected controversy. PAMC saw this concert as a threat. Still, they could not stop the concert from happening. Imagine the look on Arthur’s face when the electricity went off after his second song. His first thought was “the communists?” — imagine his surprise when a representative of the Pan Armenian Movement Committee claimed the responsibility for shutting down the electricity…

In 1989 Meschian moved to the US seeking the opportunity to record and document twenty years worth of material he had written. In 1990 he emerged with his first full length album “Catharsis”. In 1992 he released the “Monologue of the Crazed Violinist.” In 1996 he released “Catharsis II”, “Wander”, and “Communion”. Then in December of 2001, this four volume box-set including all of Meschian’s musical work was released which includes two new tracks.

souce: Arthur Meschian’s Facebook Profile

Viza

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Viza has infiltrated the global music scene with an explosive sound of international rock. You can hear the blasts and screams from the depths of Eastern Europe to the deserts of the Middle East. Formerly known as Visa, Viza exchanged the audio passort with a carte blanche for invasion. Viza is a brigade of 9 international musicians from Los Angeles, integrating duduk, percussion and oud with the hard edge of rock. K’noup, the fearless leader and voice of Viza, commands the stage with charisma and stamina. With sold out shows in the US and Canada, Viza fans are also tuned in around the world. As Visa, the band released two EPs and two full length albums, along with an award winning music video. Viza is currently managed by Serjical Strike Management headed by Serj Tankian from System of a Down. Be on guard for the release of Viza’s Made in Chernobyl album and tour date announcements.

source: Viza’s Facebook Profile

Armen Martirosian

Armen Martirosian on Barahantes.ComABOUT ARMEN MARTIROSIAN

The talented musician was born on 25th of February, in 1963, in Yerevan. He studied the first music lessons in his early childhood and the first teacher was his grandmother, who taught him the nuts and bolts of the notes. At the same time Armen’s parents introduced their son with different genres of musical art (ballet, opera and concerts of symphonic music).

In 1970, when he was a seven year old boy, he entered the well-known music school being already familiar with the notes, having absolute hearing and a sense of rhythm. Since then the teachers have noticed the absolute composing abilities and rare intuition for performing musical composition.

In 1978 the fourteen year old boy met Edward Mirzoyan, the Chairman of the Composers’ Union of Armenia. It was a historical event for the teenager.

In 1980 he entered the Yerevan State Conservatory named after Komitas, the composition class of Edward Mirzoyan.

In 1982 Armen married his school-friend Tatyana Dagbashyan, who became his muse and the close friend for the whole life.

The strong innovative character distinguished Armen Martirosyan among the others; he was the first composer in Armenia, who applied the computer technologies in music. From 1991 up to 1995 were the “traveling years” of maestro. During these four years he had been working in Switzerland as a pianist.

From 1995 to 1997 he was working in the Armenian Song Theatre as a producer and arranger

In 1997 he became an artistic director and a conductor of AJB, the Armenian Jazz Band

source: Armen Martirosian’s Facebook Profile

BEI-RU

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Bei Ru is a DJ/Producer from Los Angeles, CA.

Born in Los Angeles to Armenian parents who immigrated to the U.S. fleeing the civil war in Lebanon, Bei was raised on a healthy dose of both Eastern & Western music, highly influencing his future musical endeavors. Studying classical piano since the age of 6, Bei wasn’t yet in his teens when L.A.’s burgeoning Rap scene took control of his interests.

Bei got his start DJ’ing at local clubs and functions while still in high school, and eventually started to dabble in production & composition and began incorporating a blend of Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, R&B, Electronic, & Middle Eastern music into his work, and has since collaborated with countless well-known and up-and-coming artists from all over the globe.

Bei Ru was recently featured in The Source Magazine for his now infamous remix project of Jay-Z’s “American Gangster” concept album, aptly titled “Beirut Gangster”, which garnered him worldwide critical acclaim.

Currently, Bei is working on numerous projects including a collaborative effort with L.A.-based emcee Ali Baba as the “Bazaar Bullies”, as well as his highly anticipated follow-up to “Beirut Gangster”, due out in 2010 on his own Musa-Ler Music imprint! STAY TUNED!

source: Bei Ru’s Facebook Profile

Eva Rivas

Eva Rivas on Barahantes.ComABOUT EVA RIVAS

Eva Rivas was born in July 13, 1987 in Rostov-na-Donu.

During the years of studying at school she actively participated in the social life of the school for which she was rewarded with different awards. Throughout the years of the elementary school she was a solo singer of the Armenian chorus.

In 1996-2004 she used to be a soloist of one of the most famous ensembles in Rostov called “Arevik”.  As a member of the aforementioned chorus she sang both classical and variety songs, as well as Russian and foreign compositions. As a solo singer, Eva was repeatedly a laureate in different contests and compositions. In 2000 the ensemble “Arevik” was awarded the title “Ensemble of the Year”.

In 1997 the ensemble gained the title “National”. Astonishing everybody with her performances both within the ensemble and as an individual artist, Eva won the “Grand Prix” in the juvenile song contest “Scarlet Flower” .

In 1999 during the first juvenile Russian Delphi games in the city of Saratov, while presenting an Armenian song from the repertoire of Rosi Armen, Eva was awarded two silver medals.

In 2003 the ensemble “Arevik was awarded a diploma in the First Pan-Russian Contest of variety artists and Eva won a diploma in the contest of patriotic songs organized by Nadejda Babkina. In the same year she graduated from the studio “Image Elite” and became one of the leading models of the aforementioned studio. She was awarded the title of the “Little beauty of Rostov”. At the age of 13, having a height of 180sm. she gained an exclusive right to participate in the adult beauty contest and was awarded the title of “Miss Talent”.

The year 2005 was marked as a year of new achievements in the life of Eva. She was rewarded the titles of “Golden Voice of Rostov”, “Miss Pearl of Don”. Likewise, she gained the title of “Vice-miss of the Caucasus” in Yerevan.

In 2005 during the annual ceremony “Armenian Song of the Year” she won the first prize. A year later Eva was became  a prize-holder of the festival “5 stars” held in Sochi.

In 2005 she got acquainted with Valeriy Saharyan and in 2008 started cooperation with the “Armenian Production” producing centre.

At present “Armenia Production” Producing Centre is in charge of all the hindrances in the creative process of Eva. During the 4th national annual ceremony “Tashir 2009” Eva managed to sing one of the most difficult and oldest works of Sayat-Nova called “Tamam Ashkharh”. This is just one of the songs of Eva. The repertoire of Eva also embraces the song “Lanjer Mardgan”, based on the words of Avetik Isahakyan. Currently Eva is busy recording a CD which will include songs of Sayat-Nova. In order to help Eva in the process of singing Armenian national songs correctly Ruben Matevosyan and other specialists show her a helpful hand.

In 2009 a video clip on the song “Tamam Ashkharh” was shot. The director of the clip was Bookhadir Yuldeshev, a director of a great number of foreign video-clips and a series of films. The process of shooting took place in Armenia, Afghanistan, Algeria and Uzbekistan for 17 days. The clip was gained a wide acclaim both within Armenian as well as foreign spectators.

In 2009 Eva was a guest of a great number of Armenian TV shows and different performances.

Now Eva is hardly preparing for the Eurovision song contest’s in Norway in May,2010. Eva is to present song “Apricot stone”(lyrics by Karen Kavaleryan, music by Armen Martirosyan).

source: Eva Rivas’ Website

Aramik ( Aram ) Moosakhanian

Aramik (Aram) Moosakhanian on Barahantes.ComABOUT ARAMIK (ARAM) MOOSAKHANIAN

Beneath the religious dogma and political instability of Iran, lies a land rich with culture and heritage often overlooked by western media. In fact, Iran is home to one the richest art histories in the entire world. Quoting from prominent Iranologist Richard Nelson Frye’s latest book on Iran: “Iran’s glory has always been its culture.” It’s small wonder then as to how such a tumultuous region can produce such a fine talent as Aram.

Born in Southern Iran in 1967, Aram began playing guitar at the age of nine. Formally trained in the classical style, Aram’s love of the guitar and music in general are what inspired him to explore alternate styles of music. This exploration subsequently gave rise to his ability to compose and sing, not only in his native Armenian tongue, but Persian and English as well. Aram credits Keyvan Mirhadizadeh and Mohammad Reza Darvish of Iran for his song writing capabilities and theoretical knowledge of music.

Arriving in Canada in 1999, Aram would continue developing his skills and shaping his sound, but it wasn’t until much later that his career would begin to flourish. In 2006, Aram would release AHA AYS YESEM, an Armenian CD which would go on to be nominated as Alternative Album Of The Year by the Armenian Music Awards held in Los Angeles. Aram would follow up with the release of a Persian CD entitled Ghazaleh Nagofteh or Untold Poem. A number of videos would soon follow. One of which, Armenian Children, pays homage to those who were left orphaned after the devastating Armenian earthquake of 1988. Aram’s second Armenian CD, to be released in December of 2007, contains his first English Rock composition entitled War Song, in which Aram utilizes a number of world instruments such as the Arabian Tabla. Aram is grateful for his multilingual musical capabilities and hopes that War Song will pave the way for his first ever English CD release.

source: Aramik (Aram) Moosakhanian’s Website

Maral’s Pastry, Van Nuys, CA

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ABOUT MARAL’S PASTRY

A “mom and pop” shop established in September 1999.

Our passion for excellence in baking and creating has lead to our success. We simply love what we do. We are very passionate about our hand made products and our outstanding customer service. We take great pride in everything we create.

The “Tahini Trail” write up in the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday April 18, 2007 also agrees.

source: Maral’s Pastry’s Website

Ellenie Galestian

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DANCER/ACTRESS/SINGER/MODEL

Ellenie’s talents have been featured on MTV, VH1, ESPN, DirecTV, and Power 106 radio. She was on SITV’s, The Drop TV show, ABC’s morning show, Good Morning America, and featured on The Today Show with NBC. Ellenie has participated in large scale performances in Times Square for NFL, NASCAR, & NASDAQ. She has also toured in Disney’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” She has performed in NYC shows, including “Trains, Boats, & Planes,” as well as “La Dolce Vita” for the Sarah Ferguson Foundation (featuring Aretha Franklin and Natasha Bedingfield).

Ellenie has danced for musical artists such as Disney teen pop star, Austin Anderson, Stevie B., Amir, Mihran, Kid Creole, Sister Sledge, Karissa Danielle, and Mary Avenue. She recently choreographed and performed for Armenian pop superstar, Armenchik, at the 2009 Armenian Music Awards, where he won “Best Concert Tour of the Year.” She also choreographed for Armenchik’s concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles and at Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas with her dance company, “In Dance We Trust.” Ellenie worked closely with Mihran at the 2009 MTV Latin Music Awards for Kelly Rowland and David Guetta to orchestrate the performance of “When Love Takes Over.” In addition, she choreographed & performed at the 2010 LA Music Awards showcase.

From stage to screen, Ellenie was featured in the VMA-nominated pop-rock music video “Check Yes Juliet” by We The King’s, “If You Want To” by Mihran, “Less Than 3” by A Living Daylight, “Not the Only One” by Skyline, French-Rock music video “Loli-Ménagerie” by Nous Non Plus. In addition, she has worked closely with international artists such as Googoosh, Leila Forouhar, and Silva Hakopyan.

Ellenie’s work in film and television include, “B-Girl: The Movie,” Wayan’s Brothers’ movie promo for “Dance Flick,” “The Brian Mcknight Show” on KCAL 9, commercial’s for Mattel Toy’s and Anaheim Comic Con 2010.

Look out for Ellenie’s debut single, “You Can Run,” coming soon in June 2010!

source: Ellenie Galestian

Ellenie’s talents have been embraced by MTV, VH1, Power 106 Radio, SITV’s “The Drop” TV show, NFL, ESPN, NASCAR, Direct TV-NASDAQ, Six Flags, ABC’s morning show, “Good Morning America,” & NBC’s “Today Show.”

Carlo Venti

Carlo Venti on Barahantes.ComABOUT CARLO VENTI

Carlo Venti, Persian Armenian. At the age of 11 he started singing and playing the Harmonica. He also found that within his soul he would carry the passion for acting, and to travel a theatrical journey. Due to many circumstances he decided to leave his home land and travel through European countries to get to his destination…Hollywood. Graduated from a few acting academies. After years of hardship he was honored by some major & minor parts in the film industry as an actor and a stuntman. Around his mid 20’s he would find out that his life had become a ring around the entertainment world’s finger. He would play the guitar and entertain his friends and relatives with his rather twisted rock and pop music. November 2008, his first concert and release of his first album “Bavaram Kon” at Kodak Theater, promoted by Power Records Inc.

He produced a very artistic concert at Stars Palace Theater in Glendale CA, on December 2009, as the first Persian Theatrical Concert. He wrote the screen play for over 4 months and had over 50 staff members to work on his stage. “It was the most unique concert ever been” the audience stated, at the show.

Today Carlo, Bahram, and Da-Chemist are working together to make his second album “AFSOUS”, releasing End of January 2010.

Carlo, he states “Nothing big comes easy, and so it takes many small roads to find the highway, but once you found it, all the hard work ends up being worth the sweat and tears”.

source: Carlo Venti’s Facebook Page

Hoy Lari

Hoy Lari on Barahantes.ComABOUT HOY LARI CHILDREN’S SONGS

Janet Yetenekian was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She immigrated with her family to California in 1979. After receiving her BS in Business from CSUN, Janet became the owner of two different businesses.

Paola Kassabian was born in Beirut, Lebanon where she attended Jemaran. She moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and continued her high school education at Ferrahian High School. Paola then attended USC School of Pharmacy to pursue a career as a pharmacist.

Janet and Paola are 1st cousins. For the past 15 years, Janet wanted to undertake a project such as this. Paola was thinking of it ever since her oldest son turned one year old and started enjoying both English and Armenian songs. Hoy Lari became a reality only after the cousins shared with one another their passion and love towards children and entertainment through the art of music and dance.

Hoy Lari’s debut CD titled “Jamanagn eh” has 12 fun Armenian recordings. The CD has 12 singable, danceable, happy, educational, and imaginative songs that children of all ages will love.

Their 2nd CD “Getseh Pokreegner” is a collection of 14 brand new songs you can sing and dance to with your children. The CD includes traditional Armenian songs, silly animal songs, as well as songs that will encourage your child’s imagination.

The 3rd CD “Donenk”, will add fun and excitement to your Christmas and Easter celebrations!!! Sing along to our favorite Armenian holiday songs with a new twist for 2008. An upbeat and fresh Birthday song is sure to get your kids dancing and singing…in Armenian. Nominated for BEST CHILDREN’S ALBUM in the 2009 Armenian Music Awards.

Finally here….the new DVD!!! Hoy Lari’s “Yerevagayenk” DVD is great for kids of all ages. They will sing along and dance with Hoy Lari in this fun-filled, colorful, interactive, and educational video. Come along and  go on an imaginary journey together with Hoy Lari.

Hoy Lari is very excited to share new and fun Armenian music with you and we hope to meet you soon!!!

source: Hoy Lari Website

Sarine Balian

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ABOUT SARINE BALIAN

Vocalist Sarine Balian performs enchanting music reflective of her textured cultural background and spirituality.  Born of Armenian descent, she was raised in both Lebanon and the Unites States.  Sarine has long been a lover of music that crosses the same cultural boundaries she experiences.

During her study of jazz and world music at San Francisco State University, Sarine paired with two influential mentors – vocalist Sandy Cressman and Persian instrument expert and saxophonist Dr.Hafez Modirzadeh.  In addition to her university training, Sarine studied Middle Eastern percussion.

When asked about the combination of American jazz standards with traditional Armenian songs and the use of both jazz and Mid. Eastern instrumentation, Ms. Balian said, “My music is an expression of who I am and what I am inspired by; music that allows multiple cultures to exist in the same space.”

In addition to several Bay Area performance groups she is a member of the Sweetwater Singers, a pan-Indian northern plains style Powwow drum group that sang regularly at San Francisco Bay Area community events.  As a member of the Oakland Jazz Choir and The High Seas, Sarine performed in San Francisco, Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

Sarine’s previous projects include developing and arranging music for theatre productions, including Tamam and Abaga, Armenian music consultation for Golden Thread Production’s presentation of 9 Armenians, and composing for and performing with SFSU’s Creative World Ensemble.

As a guest panelist and lecturer Sarine has been involved with Arts and Culture studies in universities nationally, as well as the Armenian Library and Museum of America (ALMA).

source: Sarine Balian’s Website

Arno Mkrtchyan

Arno Mkrtchyan on Barahantes.ComABOUT ARNO MKRTCHYAN

Born in Yerevan, Armenia on February 1st, 1973, Arno Mkrtchyan was the youngest child in his family of four. Early on, Arno developed a love for singing as he was tremendously inspired by his father, Galust Mkrtchyan, who had attended the Yerevan School of Music and performed numerous times at Armenia’s famous Radio House.

After showing a great interest in performing at a young age, Arno began singing to entertain people at family gatherings. From the age of four he started playing the hand drum “dhol” and singing at all occasions. Family and friends began to recognize that Arno had an excellent voice. Soon, every gathering, no matter how small, brought him the opportunity for a performance. Arno began to dream that one day he would have his own band and would perform for the Armenian community.

In November 1982, Arno and his family moved to the United States of America. Arno’s first professional performance came in 1991, at a dinner dance that was sponsored by his brother Ararat. With the assistance of “Ani Band”, Arno sang for three hundred people and received excellent recognition for his performance. After graduating from high school, Arno attended college and enrolled in vocal training courses that would help prepare him for future performances. As he worked very hard to make his dream come true, Arno decided to start his own band.

In 1994 Arno got together with guitarist Neshan Piloyan and created “Yerevan Band”. Shortly thereafter, three other members joined the band. Galust Mzrakyan (keyboards), Petros “Peter” Arzumanyan (drums) and Levon Govbashyan (bass guitar) completed the five-member ensemble. Ever since, the band has stuck together and performed at various functions throughout the United States. The Yerevan Band has also appeared at numerous non-profit events put together by different Armenian organizations such as the Navasartian Games and Armenian Fest.

Arno is very family-oriented and likes nothing better than to spend his free time with his loved ones. People who know him appreciate his honesty and his dedication to his friends and family.

source: Arno Mkrtchyan

Seda Garibyan

Seda Garibyan on Barahantes.ComABOUT SEDA GARIBYAN

Seda is actively involved with events not only in her local Los Angeles, but all over the United States. She is available for all kinds of performances including live concerts, lounge events, private parties and weddings. Seda is available solo, with a keyboard player or with a full band. Past performances have included AYF, Ararat Home of Los Angeles, Homenetmen Ararat Glendale, Armenian Society of Los Angeles, American Armenian Cultural Foundation, Ararat-Eskijian Museum and Library, Organization of Aintap Armenians and Armenian American Veterans of Los Angeles, among others.

– Armenian Folk Music
– New Age
– Pop
– English
– Persian
– French
– Hebrew
– Arabic
– Poetry

What The Press is Saying:

“Unique Seda G impresses Chicago Armenians in debut performance” USA Armenian Life

“Through her singing, Seda can lift spirits, open minds, and move hearts.” Asbares Glendale

“The songs she sings come straight from her heart and soul.” Nor Hayastan Newspaper

“Her songs are like confessions, gently whispering secrets to the ear.” Nor Or Newspaper

source: Seda Garibyan

Mystery Beat Rehearsal and Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA

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Well designed large size rooms with great isolation and sound proof walls, equipped with PAs’, drums and Bass/Guitar Amps that will satisfy your needs!

*Great prices hourly & monthly which fit your budget!
*Free WIFI service for all customers

Convenient location for residents in Downtown LA – Glendale – Eagle Rock – Burbank – Pasadena – La Crescenta – Tujunga etc. Near the 2, 5, and 134 Freeways.

FALAFEL GUY

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ABOUT FALAFEL GUY, SHERMAN OAKS, CA

Falafel Guy is a traditional Mediterranean fast food or sit down restaurant in a modern setting, up beat, trendy place with flat tv’s and a very relaxing ambience.  There is a place to sit inside as well as outside on the curb. Modern “Bourdj Hamoud” in Sherman Oaks with warm hospitality.

ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

GRAND OPENING! SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2010  from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Hratch Gaydzagian

Hratch Gaydzagian on Barahantes.ComABOUT HRATCH GAYDZAGIAN

Hratch Gaydzagian started singing at an early age during school celebrations, family gatherings and scout camps with the encouragement of his parents and friends.  In the early 1990’s, he enrolled in the Hamazkayin Beirut P. Ganatchian conservatory and studied music for two years after which he continued his studies with Ms T. Tekeyan to further develop his talent.  During this period, Hratch received invitations to perform in various cultural and social gatherings after which he gave his first personal concert and gala dinner dance.

Since 2003, Hratch has been attending the Lebanese National higher Conservatory of Music and taking special Arabic Oriental music courses.

In addition to performing in Armenian (cultural, national, country, folkloric and love songs), he entertains the crowd in the Arabic, English, Greek, Spanish and Italian languages.

Hratch is well known throughout the Armenian Diaspora and has been to all the major countries where Armenian communities exist not only in the Middle East (Syria) and the Gulf Region (UAE, Kuwait, KSA) but also in Europe (Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Valance, Amsterdam, …), Canada (Montreal, Toronto), and United States (Washington DC).

Dancing & Acting Talents:

Before entering the singing domain, Hratch was a member of the Hamazkayin Kenar Dance group for a period of 8 years and has performed in the Baalbek Int’l Festival with the famous Lebanese singer Feyrouz.

By the end of 1998, he joined “Rimah” group and performed in various cultural celebrations and beauty contests.

In 2001, Hratch was invited to join the Mansour Rahbani’s Al Moutanabi theatrical dance show, during which he performed an Armenian folkloric song to the excitement of the thousand of spectators present.  2 years later in 2004, Hratch also participated in the Beytedin International Festival in another theatrical dance show “Hekm Al Raayan” with the same group.

Hratch has also been involved in various acting scenes, the most important of which was his role in the first Lebanese-Armenian television film “Lese Tsayne Serdit”.

He believes singing, dancing and acting are three inseparable entities and one completed the other.  That is why most of the time we see him dancing on the stage together with the audience that gives the celebration its unique taste.

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