Tag: "Singer"

Karnig Sarkissian

KARNIG SARKISSIAN VIDEOS

ABOUT 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.

KARNIG SARKISSIAN Channel

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

Andy Madadian

Andy Madadian on Barahantes.ComABOUT ANDY MADADIAN

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

Sirusho

Sirusho on Barahantes.ComABOUT SIRUSHO (HARUTYUNYAN)

Sirusho’s biography is one of the most accomplished and interesting biographies in the Armenian show business of today. She comes from a family of artists – her parents have been recognized as accomplished artists of Armenia – her father being a renowned actor and director (an Honored Artist of Armenia) and her mother a reputable singer beloved by the public (also an Honored Artist of Armenia).

Sirusho’s first encounter with singing and music was when she was ten months old. Yet, it wasn’t long before she started to sing full songs, being two years old. One of the songs that Sirusho performed as a child was “Qele-qele”, an Armenian folk song written in the early 1900s by Komitas.

For over 13 years, the 22 year old artist continues to be one of the most famous and adored singers for Armenians in Armenia and abroad. In one of her interviews she mentioned, “I have never been one of those children who dreamt of becoming a singer. I was a little kid and people would ask me to sing at events. Every time after I sang, I would see the amazed looks on their faces and I couldn’t figure out the reason. I mean, I thought I wasn’t doing a hard thing, I was just singing the way I felt the music”. Those amazed faces marked the beginning of her career, following her from success to success.

At the age of 7 Sirusho began to write her own music, as well as lyrics in Armenian and English. She was 8 when she greeted her first big crowd. At the age of 9 the song, she had composed, brought her an award at the Contest of Young Talent. Being only 10 years old, she successfully competed in a contest with participants over her age (under 22) eventually winning the first place. She released her first album “Sirusho” when she was 13, gradually becoming one of the most favored performers at the biggest Armenian concerts. Some of the best Armenian composers have written songs for her. She has toured around several countries, bringing vibrant Armenian pop and folk music to Canada, the U.S., France, Belgium, Greece, Germany, Lebanon, Egypt, Georgia, Russia, Jordan, Turkey, Syria, Iran, Poland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Czech Republic and elsewhere.

After performing soul and pop music for years, Sirusho decided to work on the album of Armenian folk gusan songs by Gusan Sheram (this album also included the hit song “Shorora”). In 2005, the album was recognized as The Best Album of the Year at the Armenian National Music Awards. Her success at the 2005 Awards became double by receiving the award for Best Female Artist of the Year, being only 18. At the end of her thank-you speech, she said, “I have worked and toured a lot this year, and even in a few hours after this event, I’ll be flying to the U.S. for concerts, and I want to thank you all for giving me wings for all the future “flights” of my life. In a few days her single “Give me wings”, written by herself, had flooded radio waves and music channels, becoming a hit among the Armenian public. In 2006, Sirusho received the award for Best Female Artist of the Year at the Annual Armenian-Russian Diaspora Music Awards held in Moscow. A year later, she was announced The Best Female Artist of the Year at the Armenian Music Awards, held by the Armenian-American Diaspora at the Kodak Theater. Sirusho received her fourth Best Female Artist award at the 2008 Armenian National Music Awards, where she had obtained her first award in 2005, and had promised to continue her “flight”. She has received several other awards for her songs and music videos.

In 2006, Armenian pop music suffered the loss of one of its best performers of all times, Varduhi Vardanyan, in a tragic car accident. Varduhi had been like a sister for Sirusho ever since she was a little kid. In her loving memory, Sirusho dedicated a song called “Mez Vochinch Chi Bazhani” (“Nothing Will Part Us”).

In 2007, Sirusho released her third album, titled “Hima”, which included the song dedicated to Varduhi, as well as many other tracks written and produced by Sirusho. The album proved to be a breakthrough in Armenian music, unleashing a fresh wave of mixing soul and R&B with Armenian instruments such as Duduk, Dhol, Zourna, and others.

Graduating from Yerevan School #114 named after Khachik Dashtents, Sirusho decided to continue her education at Yerevan State University. And now she has graduated International Relations.

In 2007, the Armenian Public Television surprised Sirusho by asking her to represent Armenia in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. From four candidate songs produced by four Armenian composers (with lyrics written by Sirusho), the Armenian vote selected “Qele, Qele”!

Sirusho took the fourth place in Eurovision Song Concert 2008 in Belgrade. She had a wide promo tour in many europian countries and “Qele-Qele” became famous all over Europe.After the contest she participated in many famous music evets in Sweden, Italy,Ukraine,Russia,Belarus,UK,Israel,Greece,Serbia,Cyprus and other Europian countries.Sirusho continues performing and composing, producing songs for her colleges.

source: Sirusho’s Official Website

Hratch Bogharian

Hratch Bogharian on Barahantes.ComABOUT HRATCH BOGHARIAN

From a young age it was apparent HRATCH BOGHARIAN had musical talents singing in both Armenian and Arabic.

At the age of 17 he recorded his original song that became a hit throughout Aleppo Syria – his birth town.
It was In 1997, that  Hratch’s popularity took off as a leading singer in Aleppo, Syria.  He is inspired by his brothers of music, Paul and the late Nazo .

After Hratch completed  his 2 year military duty in Syria, and being a very successful singer there with permanent gigs in hotels and clubs, Hratch in 2003,  felt it was time to move on to Beirut, Lebanon where he continued charming and performing to sold out crowds.

In 2005 Hratch migrated to the United States where he settled in Los Angeles California.  His velvety voice is getting the attention of the community with constant bookings, mesmerizing his audience with his smooth voice.

Hratch’s live album was released in 2009 and just proves what a great live singer he can be.

He is currently working on a new album to be released in, early 2011 -a  mixture of Armenian and Arabic songs

Tamar Kaprelian

Tamar Kaprelian on Barahantes.ComABOUT TAMAR KAPRELIAN

Tamar Kaprelian exploded onto the pop scene when her song “New Day” was introduced to the world in the wedding scene of MTV’s The Hills. She was first discovered when she won an Interscope Record contest with her cover of OneRepublic’s hit single, “Apologize”.

Tamar Kaprelian was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and brought up in both Georgia and California by Armenian parents, surrounded by love and great music. Tamar has been writing songs as long as she can remember, influenced as a kid by classic Disney films, but her true love of music came about when she discovered Billy Joel and Paul McCartney…and in love she fell. Tamar Kaprelian will be releasing her first album on Interscope Records in 2010 and you can expect to hear thought-provoking, hopeful, playful, and honest songs. It’s a coming-of-age record that chronicles her life, relationships, and her utter determination to create an album that is real and true to Tamar, both personally and artistically.

source: Tamar Kaprelian’s Facebook Page

Tiffany Madadian

Tiffany Madadyan on Barahantes.ComABOUT TIFFANY MADADIAN

Tiffany Madadian was born in April 1989 to a family of musicians and music lovers. A shy child growing up, she found her voice in her school choir and soon couldn’t keep that voice to herself. From putting on shows in her living room, to playing “Annie” in her middle school production, she knew what she wanted at a very young age. She was introduced to famed vocal coach Roger Love, who took her singing abilities to the next level. Eager to get her feet wet, Tiffany recorded her first song in 2005, “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane.

On her first record she worked with Grammy winning producer Tom Weir and some of the best musicians in the world including Josh Freese, Tim Pierce and Paul Bushnell. Humbled by the experience the sixteen year old set out to do more. She enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, then began writing with numerous different people as well as forming her own band.

Tiffany states Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Pat Benatar and Carole King as some of her biggest influences. After graduating Beverly Hills High School in 2007, she set out to make her first EP. “I’m dedicating my life to something I love and I’m thankful I’m able to do that. My musical journey has only just begun.”

source: Tiffany Madadian’s Website

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

Arthur Meschian on Barahantes.ComABOUT ARTHUR MESCHIAN

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

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

Ellenie Galestian

Ellenie Galestian on Barahantes.ComABOUT ELLENIE GALESTIAN

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

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

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.

Hayro Srabian

Hayro Srabian on Barahantes.ComABOUT HAYRO SRABIAN

Hayro Srabian born in Aleppo, Syria in 1982 and attended “Zvartnots”  school and he continued his secondary school in  “Karen Jeppe Azkayin Djemaran”.  From an early age as 7 years old Hayro  developed passion for music and singing and he attended Piano lessons and pursued it for 6 years.  He began singing in 1996 and he almost visited all Armenian centres located in different cities of Syria and brought his participation as a singer to various Armenian events, festivals and parties. He visits Lebanon occasionally and he  has concerts there too . He pursued vocal training  for a period of 4 years  under the professional vocal master and supervision of Mrs. Hasmig Krikorian.  His first Album released in the year 2008 and followed another new Album in the  year 2010.  Besides singing Armenian  contemporary , folk and  Patriotic  songs, Hayro adopted various styles of singing of  foreign pops and  Arabic folks.

Sourig Makdessian

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ABOUT SOURIG MAKDESSIAN

My name is Sourig Makdessian . I was born in Aleppo 1970

Music is my life. I loved it from my childhood. I was so lucky to have the chance to meet the compositor Mr. Berj Kassis who became a big brother, and a teacher for me. in 1986, after 2 years of hard work and practices with him I started to sing. In 1988 I had chances to sing in lots of restaurants and hotels. In 1996 I had my own concert with Mr. Berj Kassis as arranger and conductor. I sang Armenian folkloric songs, beside my own songs. From that time on now I continued singing in many occasions, wedding parties, and concerts, some of them with big bands .The last concert in which I participated, was in Beirut, organized by the Armenian Family.

My people are the Armenians .I will always sing for them beautiful new songs.

With my best wishes
Sourig

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