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Armenian Public Radio
Armenian Public Radio: New Music from an Ancient Tradition
Music Style: Folk & World Music
February 17, 2018 @ 7pm AND 9pm

Boston Court's Winter Music Series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

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Sharing a love for their heritage, this exciting, young musical trio returns to Boston Court with their inventive and fresh perspective to the traditional music of their homeland.

Featuring

  • Saro Koujakian
  • Ryan Demirjian
  • Mher Ajamian

Program

  • Na Mi Naz Ouni by Kousan Sheram
  • Badouhanet Pats Ara, Traditional piece
  • Hayr Im by Kousan Sasoun
  • Anoush Mayrig by Mikael Karamyan
  • Kele, Kele by Komitas
  • Ara Vay, Traditional piece
  • Anoush Yar, Traditional Greek piece
  • Yareh Martou Yara Gouda by Kousan Havasi
  • Odarutiun, Traditional piece
  • Ambi Dagitz, Lyrics: Hovhannes Tumanyan & Music: Armen Tigranian
  • Zepuyr Ge Tarnam, Music and Lyrics by Kousan Shahen
  • Khnjuyki Yerke, Lyrics: Sarmen & Music: Garo Zakarian
  • Asum En Te, Lyrics: Silva Kaputikyan & Music: Khatchatur Avetissian

About the Artists

Saro Koujakian

Saro Koujakian embarked on his musical journey through numerous bands, from his early efforts in high school with the Day Sleepers, to the hard rock band Nova, where he found his voice and talent as a songwriter. Amidst his exploration, he formed and fronted the Armenian music group Element band. The ensemble performed in notable venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Kodak Theater, and the Ford Amphitheater. Once Saro decided to pursue a career in the music industry, he left the band to attend the music composition program at California State University Northridge. After graduating in 2008 with a BM, Saro started writing music for film and TV. He has written music for Internet personality Perez Hilton’s website, local commercials in the Inland Empire, and the score to the cult-hit feature length film Black Cobra.

Saro currently works as a sound engineer and production manager at such well-known venues as the Wiltern and the Roxy Theatre. He also writes pop music for various Hollywood producers. Saro is passionate about song writing and film-scoring respectively.

Ryan Demirjian

Ryan Demirjian found music in his teenage years through the likes of hard rock and metal bands such as Led Zeppelin and Metallica before discovering classical, folk, and his favorite, The Beatles. His introduction to the L.A. music scene was through a heavy rock band he formed with a friend in 2005. This was where he would first cross paths with Mher, who was the interim drummer for the band. When the band dissolved, Ryan grew deeper into music on a personal level and started a contrasting career in Entertainment Finance. While working towards his MBA, Ryan was asked to join the acoustic-folk band APR, thus completing the trio. Ryan’s musical tendencies add a modern sound to the band through the unexpected fusion of Western textures with Eastern melodies. He attributes APR as an instrumental force in his quest to find, study, and embrace Armenian music and history. Ryan currently works as a financial consultant and runs an artisan hot sauce company.

Mher Ajamian

Mher Ajamian’s passion for the rhythmic language of music has led him to an interesting career in music, despite the challenges of being hearing impaired. Taught by his father how to keep a beat on the doumbek and encouraged by his mother who bought him his first drum set, Mher has become a prominent drummer and percussionist in the Armenian Music community in Los Angeles. Performing as a percussionist with acts such as Mariam Matossian, Hooshere Bezdikian, Gor Mkhitarian and VIZA. Before his musical journey took him any further, Mher turned his attention to photography. Upon graduating from Art Center with a BFA in photography in 2002,

Mher found his way back into the world of Armenian Music as a concert producer. First, organizing community based acoustic concerts through his organization, Songs and Flights (2002-2005). Then, with Hamazkayin to help produce the Mosaic concert series (2007-2011). Although Mher enjoyed producing these concerts, the call to play and perform Armenian Music was greater. Which is why in 2009, after switching to playing the guitar, Mher approached his cousin Saro, with the idea to form Armenian Public Radio. Mher works as commercial and wedding photographer by day and practices his scales by night.

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