An Evening of Armenian Music & Culture at the Farmington Players Barn Theatre
The concert will feature anecdotes, stories, and an array of classical and folk music that has been played in Armenian villages for hundreds of years. The Ara Topouzian Ensemble includes Mark Gavoor, Jerry Gerjekian, Michael Shimmin, and Ara Topouzian.
Ara Topouzian’s proficiency at the kanun, a 76-stringed Middle Eastern laptop harp, has brought him national recognition. Topouzian's traditional musical style, which honors his Armenian heritage, has now expanded to include music from throughout the Middle East, as well as jazz, fusion, new age, and blues.
In 2012, Topouzian earned a Kresge Performing Arts Fellowship, was voted the best local folk artist through “Vote4TheBest” sponsored by WDIV, and was also named the 2014 Farmington Area Artist in Residence.
Appearing in a recent PBS documentary, Topouzian said, “As an Armenian, I want to educate outsiders about the history of the Armenian culture. There’s history in these instruments and there’s history with this music.” In 1991, Topouzian founded the record label American Recording Productions, which has now produced over 30 recordings of Armenian, Middle Eastern, Bulgarian, and Greek music with worldwide distribution.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door for all ages.