I will be performing on the oud at USC’s Innovate Armenia conference this Saturday, September 23, 2017. Looking forward to taking the stage with a couple of talented artists – Artyom Manukyan on the cello and Vahagn (Vahagni) Turgutyan on the guitar. We’ve got some interesting fusion tunes, blending traditional folk with some jazz and rock vibes. Nice to see the program supporting a diverse array of local musicians, which is consonant with their stated approach of bringing people together to hear from thinkers and discuss ideas at the intersection of art, technology and scholarship. What better way to contribute to this worthwhile initiative than to treat listeners to some compositions conveying not only the oud’s place in Armenian culture, but as a modern instrument that is at the cutting edge of contemporary musical experimentation.
Here’s a shot of us jamming out last year.