Author Archives: aratopouzian

Tired of the Silence

I will make this short. As the title of this post suggests, I, along with every Armenian, is tired of the ongoing silence that resonates over the treatment of our people by the Turkish government. The latest. In the early … Continue reading

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When commercials were fun

The other day I was looking for a graphic to go along with another post I created when I stumbled on an old commercial on YouTube that I remember in my youth. I got a short chuckle out of it … Continue reading

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Mal Barsamian & Qawsaan (Two Bows) Concert Recital at Tufts University

It is not every day that I watch a concert of live Middle Eastern music and become completely impressed and immersed into the entire performance. That is not to mean that I haven’t been impressed by Middle Eastern musical artistry, … Continue reading

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Armenia and Ukraine – Common Victims of Genocide

Each year through this blog, I do my best to commemorate April 24th, a date too well known to Armenians worldwide when 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered by the hands of the Turkish government, then referred to as the Ottoman … Continue reading

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What time are you creative?

Recently, I saw an article headline which immediately grabbed my attention. The Quiet Joys of the Very, Very Early Morning Club. It was written by Jason Gay and published in the Wall Street Journal. When I opened the article, I … Continue reading

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Guardians of Music: History of Armenian Music in Detroit NOW ON AMAZON

In 2015 which marked the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, I released a film documentary. Guardians of Music: History of Armenian Music in Detroit followed the journey of Detroit Armenian musicians that were children of Armenian Genocide survivors and … Continue reading

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Michigan State University: Creativity in the Time of Covid-19

In this blog I have often discussed how the pandemic affected Michigan artists. The ability to adjust to an environment that disabled the ability to perform in front of a live audience, to be able to see instant gratification for … Continue reading

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March is Arts Advocacy Month

“The arts create connection, community, belonging, and joy. In the worst of times, the arts create all of that and moreā€”and most of all, the arts create hope” from the American for the Arts website. As a council member of … Continue reading

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The Importance of Spontaneous Composition

As artists, we are told to tell a story with our work. Storytelling is an art form in itself, but mastering this art form is just as difficult as any form of artistry. However, storytelling can be expressed in different … Continue reading

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The arts industry is back on the rollercoaster

It certainly feels like Groundhogs Day when it comes to the pandemic. What was once ‘on hold’ due to COVID and then opens up seems to close again. It is a viscous cycle that is taking its toll in many … Continue reading

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