I had lunch today with an interesting person from Armenia. Der Hayr Mesrop Aramian from Armenia is the Chairman of Vem,
a multimedia company focused on religion, culture, and technology. I met with him in February and we discussed the possibilty of co-producing a 10 Volume Sharakan (Armenian Spiritual Music) CD collection in the future. It looks like the ball is rolling and it will be a reality. Check out the website if you get a chance. I'm not religious, but I think that the concept of Vem is an interesting one and forward thinking. After lunch at Leo's Place in Harvard Square in Cambridge, we headed over to Tower Records and took a look at some prototypes for CD packaging. He is an audiophile and we both perused the aisles looking for intersting CD artwork. The German label ECM is what we will shoot for as far as the look of the CD set. Der Mesrop leaves tomorrow for L.A. and then will stop off in New York before he heads back for Armenia. If you are ever in Armenia, take a tour through the Vem studio's. You'll be blown away.
By the way, if anyone wants to get a jumpstart on the "Armenian Voices" CD hype by Hover, go to www.cafepress.com/pmusiconline
and order a T-Shirt. All profits go to the choir and the T-Shirt is "fun for the family"...