Author Archives: aratopouzian

The Next Generation of Armenian Musicians

A topic of continued discussion has always surrounded the “next generation” when it pertains to industry or when discussing the future of just about anything. Music is no stranger to this conversation as a matter of fact, it is imperative … Continue reading

Posted in Armenian, music, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Sarkissian Brothers: Mike & Buddy

Recently on Facebook, someone posted the asked the question to readers to mention the name of a Middle Eastern musician ‘gone but not forgotten’. As Facebook inquiries go, this was actually interesting to see all the names generated in this … Continue reading

Posted in Armenian, belly dance, Middle Eastern music, music | Leave a comment

A Musical Refuge for Ronnie Malley

In September, 2018, I had an opportunity to attend ArtsMidwest in Indianapolis. This was a large conference that featured different arts organizations, councils and artists from around the Midwest. As I was scanning the big expo hall filled with different … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Harry Bedrossian: Euphoric Oud Ride

If you have ever met musician Harry Bedrossian I think one of the first things you would say about him is that he loves life, doesn’t take himself too seriously (as none of us should) and is an excellent musician. One … Continue reading

Posted in Armenian, art, Middle Eastern music, music, oud | Leave a comment

A Siblings Plea: Remembering 104 Years Later

“I am looking for my sisters, Veronica Moonjian and Satenig Yacoubian, from Kharpert, Mezreh. Could those from Gaban Maden have word? Do any Armenians know where my sister’s children Arantsar and Vshnasp Moonjian are? Please reprint this in any Diasporan … Continue reading

Posted in Armenian, armenian genocide, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Savior of Greek Music

It goes without saying that Meletios (Meleti) Pouliopoulos loves and respects his Greek music and heritage. Growing up in a household where music surrounded him, Meleti fondly remembers how his parents would sing and dance in their house. He remembers that his … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Karim Bader, Legendary Arab Oudist

Abdul Karim Bader, renown Arab oud master has passed away on February 24, 2019 in Farmington Hills, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Bader was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1921.  “Abdel Karim” means “servant of the generous,” a reference to … Continue reading

Posted in Middle Eastern music, oud, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment