LOS ANGELES–The Armenian Arts Fund released details of an unprecedented concert series that will be held at Barnsdall Art Park in Hollywood’s Little Armenia.
The series will kick off on Saturday–January 15–with a concert by contemporary folk singer Gor Mkhitarian and traditional folk singer Alexander Karapetian–as well as folk vocalist Araks Karapetian performing in her debut.
A night of traditional troubadour music will be presented on Saturday–February 5–with performances by the Garni Folk Ensemble–featuring vocalists Anahid Shahnazarian and Gagik Badalian.
The folk theme will continue on Friday and Saturday–March 11 and 12–at the Los Angeles premiere of Armenian-Greek classical guitarist Iakovos Kolanian–who will perform his renditions of Armenian Folk music. Kolanian will be joined by the critically acclaimed duduk quintet Winds of Passion.
The series will conclude on Sunday–April 10–with a concert by world fusion artist Armen Chakmakian and his band. All four events will be held at Barnsdall Art Park’s Theater Gallery (4800 Hollywood Boulevard–Little Armenia–Hollywood–CA 90027).
"We’d like to see Little Armenia come alive with all the wonderful musical traditions that the Los Angeles Armenian community can offer," said Stepan Partamian–founder and president of the Armenian Arts Fund. "But this particular concert series is not just about preserving those traditions; it’s about building on them with fresh energies and ideas. The artists gathered for the Barnsdall series represent some of the best talent in the diaspora–and I think Little Armenia is the perfect destination for showcasing them."
Created in 2000–the Armenian Arts Fund is dedicated to fostering excellence in Armenian music–the visual arts–literature–and journalism. Supporting projects by up-and-coming and established artists alike–the Fund has organized several concerts since its founding and publishes the "Armenian Arts" magazine.
Proceeds from the Barnsdall Art Park concert series will benefit an Armenian Arts Fund project to record "The Divine Liturgy" featuring Winds of Passion–which will perform the piece with the traditional Armenian instrument the duduk. "This will be a first," Partamian said. "The world-class Armenian musicians teaming up for this project will bring a whole new perspective and appreciation to one of the gems of Armenian music–’The Divine Liturgy.’"
Tickets for individual concerts at Barnsdall Art Park are $30–or $100 for all four performances. Call (818) 244-2468 for reservations.
All performances will begin at 8:00PM–except for the Sunday–April 10 concert which is scheduled at 7:00PM