SAN GABRIEL, CA–The Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society hosted its fourth Mosaic concert on Saturday, bringing together a diverse gr0up of musicians to perform at the beautiful San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
Concert-goers were taken on a journey with global rockers, Viza. Armenian Space Station gave the audience an epic performance of compositions incorporating Aram Khatchadourian’s stylings adapted by Greg Hosharian on keyboard with the metal drum beats of Barrett Yeretsian. Echocell fused the organic with the electronic to produce a riveting Armenian soul experience. A Splinter guided guests on a journey through the humorous stories that make up the Armenian reality, while Armenian Public Radio connected the audience to their roots through an acoustic revival of Armenian folk melodies performed by Saro Koujakian, Ryan Demirjian and Mher Ajamian.
The evening’s master of ceremonies, Lory Tatoulian, presented the bands through a narrative of comedic introductions. Meanwhile, in the courtyard, DJ Bei Ru spinned his tunes of funk and soul during intermission.
Guests were also served cocktails and Middle Eastern eats provided by the Hungry Nomad gourmet food truck, a contemporary spin off of the family-owned and operated Sasoun Bakery.
The historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse was built in 1927, the magnificent and opulent theater has genteel side boxes and chandeliers that replicate the lanterns used on Spanish galleons which sailed around the tip of South America en route to California in the 1800s. This impressive space promises to complement the musically rich program with a truly majestic ambiance.
Proceeds from the event will benefit a scholarship program for students pursuing music and art education.
The annual “Mosaic” concert is part of Hamazkayin’s goal to develop programs that will pique the interest of young Armenians and encourage their participation, while instilling in them a cultural identity.
Since 1928, Hamazkayin has made significant strides in promoting educational and cultural advancement within the Armenian community. Hamazkayin believes that the Armenian culture’s openness to evolving world dynamics and its ability to embrace change while holding onto its roots has allowed it to adapt and survive.