LOS ANGELES—Singer-songwriter Melineh Kurdian returns to Hotel Cafe in Hollywood for a concert on Sunday, May 17, at 8 p.m. The American-Armenian acoustic, folk-pop musician – who is likened by reviewers to Ani DiFranco, Dar Williams, and Lucy Kaplansky – will be accompanied by a full band and perform all of her new, hit songs.
The New York Times calls Kurdian’s music “soulful and amusing,” and her fans have discovered each of her original songs are like adventures into new, uncharted seas of emotions, musicality, and dramatic and surprising performances. From heart-wrenching words sung with vocal strength and accompanied by only a solo guitar to rapturous musical poetry about joy and true love, Kurdian creates a new world with each song and each performance leaves her audiences wanting more.
Kurdian has been performing since age six, and after several years in the Big Apple, she settled in Southern California, where she performs at some of the most popular venues. She also tours through the US with other singer-songwriters. In between tours, Kurdian keeps busy using life-lessons and her wisdom to compose musical gems.
“It all began with the piano when I was growing up in Wichita,” says Kurdian. “I couldn’t play with the neighborhood kids until I had practiced an hour of piano.” Those early years discipline and her love for music were fueled by her father’s jazz collection and her interest in classic rock. “In middle school I switched to cello. It wasn’t until I discovered an old guitar under my mom’s bed that I realized my true calling.”
Kurdian’s upcoming show at the Hotel Cafe comes on the heels of her last show, which raised funds to feed the hungry through the In His Shoes Ministry in Glendale. The fundraiser attracted a lot of new fans for Kurdian, and she says she is always happy to reach new folks with her music.
“I’ve been recording new songs for the past few months,” says Kurdian, “and I’d like to invite my fans and those who have heard my music on the Internet and on MTV’s Logo Channel, to come and hear it live.” The Sunday, May 17th show, will starts at 8:00 PM at the Hotel Cafe, 1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd, between Hollywood and Sunset.