Friday, 22 April 2011

Armen Ra - US-based Iranian Armenian Theremin virtuoso - Crane, Komitas and more...

Absolutely brilliant!

Crane, Komitas

*via Wikipedia:

Armen Ra is an American artist and performer of Iranian-Armenian descent.

Born in Tehran, Iran, he was raised by his mother, a concert pianist, and his aunt, a renowned opera singer and Ikebana master. He taught himself to play Theremin, and is one of the best known players of the instrument alive today. His music fuses Armenian folk music with modern instrumentation, along with melodic lounge standards and classical arias. His concerts are known for their combination of both visual arts and his music.

Armen Ra has played at The United Nations, Wiener Konzerthaus Mozartsaal Vienna, CBGB's, Knitting Factory, La MaMa E.T.C., Joe's Pub, Boulder Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, The Gershwin Hotel, B.B. King Museum, and Dietch Projects. He has been featured on and appeared in: CNN, HBO, MTV, VH1, Vogue, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and Glamour.

Having performed and recorded with various bands and on many projects (including a collaboration with legendary British recording artist Marc Almond, on the song "My Madness & I" from his 2010 release, Varieté), Armen Ra is considered one of the finest Thereminists in the World today. His debut solo CD, Plays The Theremin (released on Bowl & Fork Records in 2010), showcases many Classical Armenian laments and folk songs, representing both Armen's Heritage and his very first musical influence.

He currently resides in Hollywood, California and is openly gay.

Official website