Music Plans 2008
YerazArt- I am just coming up on my 2 year tenure with YerazArt, an organization that is dedicated to resolving the challenges of prodigious Armenian musicians in Armenia. We are in our infant stages right now, but, have mapped out a plan to assist deserving youth with new instruments, concert performances, master classes, and private lessons. This will be my third tour here in 2008 as some of the best and brightest will be chosen to showcase their talents in North America. Our collection of Armenian teachers, musicians, and pedagogues in Armenia have spoken, and the YerazArt Young Musicians from Armenia for 2008 are the following:
Aleksanyan Hovhannes (15, folk singer)
Vardan Gasparyan (18, cello)
Vahan Davtyan(19, flamenco/classical guitar)
Hovhannisyan Angela (14, violin)
Petrosyan Arsen (15, duduk)
Anahit Dilbaryan (17,piano, kanon)
Our returning musician from Armenia is the show-stopper people saw in concert last year in Anahid Dilbaryan on kanoon and piano. Every year we will bring back the person who made the biggest impact and label them an official "YerazArtist". Last year our returning "YerazArtist" was 16 year old duduk sensation Harutyun Chkolyan. A student of Shoghaken member Gevorg Dabaghyan, I will be producing Harutyun's solo album for Pomegranate this year for his exciting recording debut.
Communities/organizations interested in hosting a YerazArt concert this season may contact me directly at yerazart at gmail dot com. We are going to be in the States September 16 through 26, 2008. For those who did not get a chance to see last years 10 city tour, a DVD of the concert in Albuquerque will be available shortly entitled "YerazArt Young Musicians from Armenia Live From New Mexico". The new CD, "Seeds 2" is currently starting recording the first week of February and will continue our series of recording works that will be performed in concert. All proceeds from both the DVD and CD go directly toward our YerazArt activities in Armenia.
Pomegranate Music News: In addition to Wunderkind Harutyun Chkolyan's debut duduk CD, there are a few great classical guitar titles that are going to be released in 2008. In fact, I have hired my friend and colleague Arsineh Khachikian to fly to Milan, Italy and Athens, Greece to do photo shoots and eventually CD design work on our Italian classical guitar duo, SOLODUO. We have two CD's from them under production including the "Goldberg Variations for Two Guitars" by J.S. Bach as well as the "Complete Mario Castelnuovo- Tedesco for Two Guitars". Over in Athens, Greece, it's time for Iakovos Kolanian's third Pomegranate CD. This one will feature the works of Greek composer/politician Mikis Theodorakis with his "Epitafios" and "Romancero Gitano". It is our hope that Mr. Theodorakis will allow Arsineh for a photo shoot, with our appointment having been set up well in advance.
Finally, for those interested in seeing what the buzz is on SoloDuo (Lorenzo Micheli and Matteo Mela, guitars), they are performing at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall through my newest company World Music Management. If interested, tickets are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office for a date of March 4, 2008, 8pm show. HERE is the link with tickets at only $20. Hope to see you all there...