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Karnig Sarkissian



Karnig Sarkissian is a very famous Armenian patriotic singer,he started singing in a very early age,when he was in Aleppo.he became a member of a youth organization of ARF in 1964.his idol was KEVORK CHAVOUSH and he followed a singing career till to date.he traveled around world,where there are ARMENIANS,and he inspired the young ARMENIAN youth through his music.


A Collection of Karnig Sarkissian’s Videos / Songs. Yes! he deserves his own channel! 🙂

Lernik Kezerian

Lernik Kezerian on Barahantes.ComABOUT LERNIK KEZERIAN

Lernik Kezerian or also known as Jennifer Kezerian is an Armenian model born in Athens Greece to Argentine/Armenian and Iranian/Armenian parents. Lernik started participating in beauty pageants at the age of 14 then started modeling for catalogues. Lernik has been a model for a while now she sees it as a expression to show beauty and passion. Lernik has had an oppurtunity to work with great photographers and participate in various modeling actvities as it brings her joy to expand creativity and collaborative skills. She is very open to new ideas.

source: Lernik Kezerian

Maya Kezerian

Maya Kezerian on Barahantes.ComABOUT MAYA KEZERIAN

Maya Kezerian is a 20 year old a model of Iranian- Armenian descent born in Mexico but living in London UK. Maya started of as a hair model for her local hairdressers. On a visit to Paris she was spotted by a YSL photographer she started to work in paris for a while then got signed by a french modeling agency on a permanent basis. Maya has also worked for some small fashion houses her latest work was for Valentino, she is currently taking a break from modelling to get a degree in Law.

source: Maya Kezerian

Andy Madadian

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Bringing matinee idol charisma to the silver screen and concert stage is ANDY, Persia’s legendary music exile aka “The Prince of Persia” or “The Persian Elvis” in media circles, who has released multiple albums selling in the millions throughout the world with more than forty Number 1 hits.  A humanitarian, he has appeared and contributed in many International charitable causes, most recently having recorded “Stand by Me” with Jon Bon Jovi to show solidarity for the people of Iran.  He’s also a natural leading man – handsome, a commanding presence, sense of humour, plus all the talent needed to tackle Tinseltown.  Appearances have include DREAMWORKS’ “The House of Sand and Fog” ( Sir Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly) where Andy sings in the film and contributed to the score as well as indie films “Futbaal” and Guide Company Films “The Keeper” (The Legend of Omar Khayyam) with Academy Award Winner Vanessa Redgrave, Andy plays the governor of the ancient city of Samarkand.  He also participated in a film noir short “The Florist”- .  and first made his mark on ABC’s 2001 production of the “ Princess and the Marine”.

When Andy’s not acting or producing movie scores, Andy’s a musical trailblazer forging a new path that redefines traditional musical borders.  He plays to sold-out venues all over the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Russia and the Middle East.  His touring schedule regularly includes locales rarely if ever performed in by American–based artists such as Armenia, Uzbekistan, and cities Tashkent, Samarghand, and in the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates, amongst others, spreading his universal message of love and joy.  In the United States, he has played for the last five years to critical acclaim at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as the prestigious Kodak Theatre in Hollywood and large scale venues in Las Vegas.  His music was recently chosen by the JPF “Independent Music” Awards Best Middle Eastern Album and Song.  In a gala ceremony at Universal Studios, he was named Persian Pop Male Singer of the Decade.  For five years in a row he has received the coveted Best Armenian International Singer, Best Armenian World Artist and Best Armenian World Album awards.  He was also recognized and awarded twice by the City Council of Los Angeles for his contributions through music to the city.

At first glance, it’s the dance music side of Andy that stands out.  Somewhere between the mystery of an ancient civilization and music that dates back 5000 years and the youthful brashness of modern music, Andy has made his own unique place in music history.  He has created a new fusion of sound that combine traditional Middle Eastern instruments with the Western world’s drum and bass, guitar and modern technology.  His global sound embraces many exotic influences.  Aside from his Persian- Armenian heritage, Andy combines lush Arabic modes with African rhythms, which he spices with Spanish flamenco guitar licks, and western dance music.  Besides Farsi and Armenian, his two native languages, Andy sings in English and Spanish.

Ironically, even though Andy ’s music is banned in his home country of Iran, his albums sell into the millions, though all are underground and bootlegged.

From his early childhood in Teheran, his life has been a study in contrasts.  His father built roads, yet the family had no car.  They were beyond poor – nine people living in a small one-room house but his mother’s careful management kept food on the table and enabled his parents to put six children through school.  Their house was filled with love, laughter, and most importantly for Andy, music.

As Andy was beginning to explore his musical roots, his native land began to broil with turbulence.  The Islamic Revolution under the new religious leadership brought civil war and Andy made the decision to leave Iran.  The revolution has made it impossible for Andy to perform in his native country because of the governmental ban on Persian pop music recorded outside the country.

Besides the profound respect Andy has for Persian and Armenian poetry and traditional music, he developed an abiding love for contemporary Western music.  His musical icons include the Beatles, Deep Purple, Ray Charles and the masters of jazz, but mostly it is his love and respect for Santana’s chugging Afro-Latin rhythms that influenced him the most.  And like Santana, Andy invited some of the world’s most famous musical artists to collaborate on his latest album.

Today, Andy is the living proof of the American dream..  He credits Los Angeles, a city of contrasts that helped him forge his unique sound, and the musical mosaic that resulted has catapulted him to superstardom.

Audiences can’t get enough of this exciting combination: the poetic beauty of Persian and Armenian music set against the vibrant backdrop of dance music.  Andy’s songs break every tradition and some taboos, but young and old alike, from East to West, now pack his concerts and rush to buy his albums.  His latest CD is entitled “Airport” (CMG) which has released worldwide.

Once a professional soccer player, Andy’s love for the game has remained throughout the years and he will be the Featured Halftime Performer for the exclusive Chelsea VS Inter-Milan Soccer Match at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on July 21st, 2009.

source: Andy Madadian’s Website

Aram Kalousdian

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Aram Kalousdian was born on October 22nd, 1979.

Anyone who knows Aram personally would tell you about his appreciation and support to all musicians (professional or beginners) and also for all kinds of music (Rock, Blues, Pop, Country, Folk, Latin…….and Jazz). He always has and always will …….

Being an Armenian, living in Syria-Aleppo, listening to rock and metal music, and being a big fan of many rock bands since he was 13 years old, he had the chance to drive the sense of many different traditional music cultures; so he chose Drums as his instrument to play on, being inspired by all those legends.

Choosing to play drums was hard in the beginning, for many reasons:
1- No music institutes to teach playing drums.
2- Low budget (he could not afford a small rock kit).
3- No available place to practice.

Aram started playing drums at the age of 16 (1996). He took lessons by a local teacher who taught him the basics to play only some étude on a practice pad. During that time, He was always trying to search for more techniques, groovy rhythms and double bass drumming. But being in a place where no metal bands perform; neither metal concerts nor festivals were established, made it a bit hard for him to learn metal drumming.

After several attempts to play a live performance on stage, He gained the self confidence he needed. His first performance was after six months of playing drums. He played five tracks with some beginner musicians and he thought “take five” was one of the tracks, which has left a great impression on him.

It was a kind of a miracle for him to create a band with some of his friends to play some cover songs and to perform the first rock concert in his country. And from the beginning he dreamt and worked to fulfill his dreams.

Aram first music project was Nu.Clear.Dawn band, created in 1997, which is the first Syrian metal band who released first progressive metal album in 2003 “Poem of a Knight”. The album gained many good reviews in webzine and rock magazines. The band participated in many international festivals with famous metal bands like (U.D.O., Pain of Salvation, Vanden Plas, & with two x-vocals of Iron Maiden), and many concerts in Lebanon and Syria. Still the band is working on more projects for the future, although the members are far from each other. So he can say that Nu.Clear.Dawn is his music birth, his life, his lyrics, and the institute that he lacked as he grew fond of music and drums.

In addition to his metal concerts with Nu.Clear.Dawn, he had the opportunity to share in many festivals and jazz concerts, like the Armenian Big Band, Notta Syrian jazz band from Damascus, which they performed together in the Syrian Jazz Lives Festival in 2006. Also he played with other jazz bands for some gigs and sharing in music day festivals and making tribute for famous jazz legends “Claude Bolling”.

Back to festivals, hereunder one of the huge music festivals which he created, organized, and produced it by himself

The Syrian Guitar Festival

It’s an annual festival for all kind of guitar players in Syria. The idea came from playing many music styles of different musicians all together. Then it’s developed to the idea of gathering different guitar players on the stage for different genres. Coming projects will be with international guitar players.

Besides to these concerts and festivals he have enjoyed his music life, his music career in his music instruments store (La Guitarra), which is all musicians’ choice in Syria for its well-known and International brands. To continue enjoying my career, he spend most of his time after the store in his rehearsal studio (Blue Note), which he made it to gather all musicians together to enjoy practicing and making jam, where you could listen to all music genres.

Aram proud of what he has achieved. He is really not the guy for miracle medicine, but if you want one:
Practice, practice, practice… sometimes maybe even practice, give your best – and trust your dreams.

Angela Sarafyan

Angela Sarafyan on Barahantes.ComABOUT ANGELA SARAFYAN

Angela Sarafyan is the actress often remembered for her appearance in a Cingular Cell Phone commercial, so she’s often referred to as the “Cingular Umbrella Girl”. She has also recently garnered attention for her role in the feature film Kabluey and her two guest star appearances in the popular USA series In Plain Siight

Angela was born in 1983 and is currently single.

One of her earliest roles was on the TV series Judging Amy (2000). She then went on to do guest roles on series such as Buffy The Vampire Slayer (2002), The Shield (2004), The Division (2004), 24 (2006), and recently CSI:NY (2006).

For 2007, Angela guest starred in an episode of Cold Case. Also for 2007, she was involved in two feature film productions: On The Doll, and Kabluey (with Lisa Kudrow and Teri Garr), and A Beautiful Life with Dana Delany and Debi Mazar.

In 2008, Angela worked with Billy Bob Thornton and Mickey Rourke in the film The Informers.

source: Angela Sarafyan’s Website

Jill Simonian

Jill Simonian on Barahantes.ComABOUT JILL SIMONIAN

Jill Simonian hosts Travel Channel’s new competition-based reality show, “America’s Worst Driver” (debuting March 2010), but you can also find her talking about the entertainment industry on television. She has appeared as an Entertainment Expert for HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight,” as a Movie Expert for the syndicated newsmagazine “Extra,” and is a current member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association. For KTLA-TV (Los Angeles), she is a current substitute Entertainment Reporter (Morning News), was a Correspondent for “Live from the 81st Academy Awards” (2009) and Co-hosted “Sneaks”, a quarterly movie guide in association with the Los Angeles Times (2008-09).

From 2006-09, Jill was a full-time Correspondent for “Hollywood Dailies” on ReelzChannel (cable/satellite), for which she interviewed hundreds of actors and directors, as well as wrote, produced and fronted over 600 entertainment news segments (including red carpet premieres, junket interviews, and behind-the-scenes features). Her bubbly personality soon led her to Co-host ReelzChannel’s weekly trailer show “The Big Tease” (2008-09).

Other notable past achievements include singing the National Anthem at Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers games, winning a UCLA Carol Burnett Musical Theatre Award, and serving as a motivational speaker for Southern California high schools with Monster.com’s “Making It Count” program. She is also a former Miss Hollywood and Runner-up to Miss California (Miss America Pageant). Simonian is a cum laude graduate of UCLA’s Communication Studies program and resides in Los Angeles.

source: Jill Simonian’s Facebook Page

Rob Paravonian

Rob Paravonian on Barahantes.ComABOUT ROB PARAVONIAN

After growing up in the Chicago area, son of a first-generation Armenian-American school teacher who was also involved with local politics, Rob Paravonian went to college at USC in Los Angeles and now lives in New York. Rob writes and performs comedy and music and is a regualar at New York stand-up clubs and alternative comedy spaces. He also tours the country playing colleges and comedy clubs everywhere from Florida to Alaska, and from Maine to Montana.

Rob discovered music at an early age, learning cello at age six and playing it from grade school through to the Waukegan High School Symphony (yes, there was a Waukeagn High School Symphony). At age 10 Rob got his first taste of life on the road when the Grade School Orchestra went to nationals in Nashville, and at 13 he went to Florida with the High School Chamber Orchestra.

While in high school, Rob taught himself guitar and bass and began playing in bands, much to the dismay of his music instructors. While he was still underage, he played in bars in Chicago, Milwaukee, and once he went to college, the greater Los Angeles area.

Although music had been the bulk of his life up until college, as an undergrad Rob pursued his other passion and studied writing. U.S.C.’s creative writing program was headed by author T.C. Boyle and Rob focused on short fiction and novellas.

Rob also found a new love while in college comedy; and he began performing at wide-open shows in artsy cafes in L.A. (the precursor to the alternative comedy trend).

Comedy took Rob back to Chicago after college, where he studied improvisation and ensemble work at the legendary Second City Training Center. While in Chicago Rob became a regular at the Improv and began going on the road, playing the midwest clubs and headlining colleges from coast to coast.

Not wanting to limit himself to being a touring performer, Rob moved to New York where he has made a name for himself as an intelligent and unique performer. Rob quickly became a regular at Catch a Rising Star, has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, has written cartoon theme songs, written and performed sketch shows and is on his third solo show.

And he still plays the cello.

source: Rob Paravonian’s Website

Vik Momjian

Vik Momkian on Barahantes.ComABOUT VIK MOMJIAN

Vik Momjian is a master of the four, five, and six-string, fretted and fretless electric basses. While his musical roots started on the piano at age nine, Vik turned to the guitar at age fourteen and ultimately discovered his true voice through the electric bass at age fifteen. Having studied with many significant musicians, three of Vik’s most influential instructors were Jim Lacefield, Steve Bailey, and John Pena. In addition, he has his own line of basses and is endorsed by many notable companies. Over the last few years, Vik has established himself as the first-call musician for many top Middle Eastern and ethno-European artists. When he’s not touring the world with these artists, he spends his days in town doing sessions, teaching, and playing with Excursion. His soulful playing not only brings enormous heart to the project, but it is an integral part of the band’s sound and energy.He has a brilliant sense of groove and is a unique improviser, with his incredible dexterity and slapping techniques.

source: Vik Momjian’s Website

Vik Momjian is a master of the four, five, and six-string, fretted and fretless electric basses. While his musical roots started on the piano at age nine, Vik turned to the guitar at age fourteen and ultimately discovered his true voice through the electric bass at age fifteen. Having studied with many significant musicians, three of Vik’s most influential instructors were Jim Lacefield, Steve Bailey, and John Pena. In addition, he has his own line of basses and is endorsed by many notable companies. Over the last few years, Vik has established himself as the first-call musician for many top Middle Eastern and ethno-European artists. When he’s not touring the world with these artists, he spends his days in town doing sessions, teaching, and playing with Excursion. His soulful playing not only brings enormous heart to the project, but it is an integral part of the band’s sound and energy.He has a brilliant sense of groove and is a unique improviser, with his incredible dexterity and slapping techniques.

Paul Apanian

Paul Apanian on Barahantes.ComABOUT PAUL APANIAN

Paul Apanian was born in Beirut on september 22, 1980. He attended the conservatory in 1996 where he studied the Tabla and oriental music for 8 years.

Paul Apanian rose to stardom when he was chosen to perform with world renowned artist Sting and then was invited to accompany the artist on his world tour. Paul is a very talented young artist that copes with every kind of arrangement and uses his Arabic instrument in all kinds of music ranging from Salsa to sometimes classical. In 2002, Paul attended the (studio el fann /version of Art studio) programme on LBCI and he won the medallion.

He played his instrument with several International artists and orchestras such as DJ Said Mrad, Sting, Guy Manoukian, Raoul di Blasio and The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra

He participated in international festivals including:

  • Live in Cairo,Guy Manoukian‘s concert, Egypt
  • International Music Festival 2005, Russia
  • The Music Festival in Jordan .
  • Formula One Event in Bahrain “July – 2005”
  • Dubai International Jazz Festival “March – 2007”
  • Qatar National Theatre “April – 2008”
  • Palais des Congres – Dbayeh, Beirut “June – 2008”
  • Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall – Yerevan, Armenia “July – 2008”
  • Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival “November – 2008”
  • Esplanade – Singapore “April – 2009”
  • Beiteddine – Lebanon “August – 2009”
  • K. Demirchyan Sport-Concert Complex – Yerevan, Armenia September 2009
  • Qatar National Theatre “March – 2010
  • Summer 2001 Sting (Baalbeck Festival) performing oriental drums
  • Summer 2004 Raoul di Blasio Concert (Forum de Beirut)
  • Guy Manoukian concerts, Jazz festival Dubai 2007

source: Kharma Productions Website

Marco Khan

Marco Khan(lian) on Barahantes.ComABOUT MARCO KHAN (KHANLIAN)

Marco Khan(lian) is a true citizen of the world. He was born March 27th of Armenian parents in Tehran, Iran. His father, Levon was born in Lebanon and raised in Iran where he met his wife Anna, born in Babol, Iran. Marco’s grandparents (from his mother’s side) were a grandfather from Russia and a grandmother from the country of Georgia. Marco and his younger brother left Iran at age 11 in pursuit of higher education. Schooled in Venice, Italy and then in Catalina Island, California. Marco now calls Los Angeles, CA, home. At age 17, Marco picked up English as his 4th language and assumed the responsibility as the caretaker for his entire family. While operating a series of restaurants for 12 years to support his family, Marco enjoyed brief stints as a Professional Athlete in Soccer, Football and Pro Wrestling! After his father passed away, he decided to pursue his lifelong passion of becoming an actor. His looks, talent, and diverse background have allowed Marco to play a variety of interesting characters. He is a versatile actor, achieving success in comedy, action and drama. Despite his “tough guy” appearance, his demeanor is quiet, gentle, gracious and sincere. As a father, he loves children and animals. On July 4th of 2006, Marco proposed to the love of his life Heather in Cape Town on the set of 10,000 BC (2008) and they married on May 12th of 2007. Almost everyone who meets Marco agrees that there is “Just something special that draws you towards him.” He is a kind and tolerant humanitarian who is relentless in his pursuit for peace. Always positive and encouraging to others, “Never Give Up” is the motto he lives by. Marco is a true believer that everything happens for a reason, that tests and trials in life shape your character and that his destiny is in God’s hands.

source: Marco Khan’s IMDB Profile


Viza on Barahantes.ComABOUT VIZA

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

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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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

Ellenie Galestian on Barahantes.ComABOUT ELLENIE GALESTIAN


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.”

Hoy Lari


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

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