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Topouzian included in 2018-2021 Arts & Humanities Touring Directory

The Arts and Humanities Touring Directory features some of the state’s most-talented performing and visual artists, and humanities presenters. The directory offers artists and humanities professionals the opportunity to present their work throughout the state through work with nonprofit recipients … Continue reading

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Charlie Chaplin’s Relief Fund for Armenian Children-Survivors of the Genocide

For those that know me, know that I enjoy old movies, especially the classic comedians. Charlie Chaplin has always been one of my favorites and I have watched ever silent film to talkie he ever made. Recently a friend forwarded … Continue reading

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Where are the small music venues?

There is one thing that all musicians can agree upon and it involves the venues in which we play in – there are simply not enough of them. I recently performed at a small venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the … Continue reading

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Armenian Liturgical Music performed on traditional instruments

Recently I received an email from a friend that shared a rare look and sound of Armenian liturgical music performed on traditional instruments. After posting on my personal Facebook page, the comments and views went through the roof. This is … Continue reading

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The French Frank Sinatra – Aznavour

  His birth name was Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian, but to his international fans, he was Charles Aznavour. A legend with a voice that captivated a diverse audience of not only Armenians, but he was a national symbol in France and … Continue reading

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A 10 Year Old Armenian Musical Prodigy

If I mentioned the name Kristine Engoyan most of you would not know who she is. She is a remarkable Armenian young girl that has mesmerized many of us that enjoy and perform Armenian music. She plays the kanun, the … Continue reading

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Remembering Art Melkonian

I first met Art a few years ago while I was researching Detroit area Armenian musicians for my film documentary, Guardians of Music. It was my friend Simon Javizian who was able to get my contact information and come to … Continue reading

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Thoughts from Arts Midwest 2018

A few weeks ago I was given a great opportunity to travel Indianapolis for the annual Arts Midwest conference. Thanks to John Bracey, Executive Director (soon to be retiring – congrats again!) from Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) … Continue reading

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2018 Kresge Artist Fellows Announced

Each year I eagerly await the announcement of the Kresge Artist Fellows. I am always impressed by the winners and their artistry. As a musician, I feel proud to be part of such a group of artists but more importantly … Continue reading

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Latest Michigan Nonprofit report shows impact of arts organizations have on economy

I have long been an advocate for the arts both on a local and national basis. The arts plays such a vital role in so many categories – education, child development, jobs, and economic impact. Currently, I am involved with … Continue reading

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