Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble
Saturday, February 23, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)a magical voyage through old-world Armenian music $22.50 advance / $24.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
February 23 8:00 pm

Chookasian Armenian Concert EnsembleChookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble has been presenting traditional Armenian music, dance, and culture since 1994.  Their concerts draw on classical, folkloric, and troubadour music from both eastern and western Armenia.  The ensemble received the National Gold Medal Award from the Republic of Armenia during their tour in 1999, won the award for Best Traditional Armenian Folk Music at the Armenian Music Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles in 2009.

The ensemble includes founder John Chookasian on clarinet, Barbara Chookasian on lead vocals, Hovanness Shabazyan on vocals, Valod Grigorian on kemenche (folk violin), John Tarpinian on oud (fretless lute), Norik Manoukian and Garen Sarkissian on shvi (piccolo folk flute), Hayk Nalbandyan on dumbeg (hand drum), Albert Vardanyan on duduk and zurna (folk flutes), and Vergine Alimian on kanun (lap harp), tarr (double-bodied lute), and saz (fretted lute).

“We do not often hear the time-honored Armenian music played anymore,” John Chookasian says.  “The music is seldom presented on the original instruments, which we Armenians have played over the ages.  My wife and I are greatly concerned about where traditional Armenian music is headed.  Our place in Armenian music is to preserve the old songs and to present them in the traditional way.  It is our vision that in the future, our children’s grandchildren will also know this beautiful music.”

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