Celebrating Armenian Culture: 1915-2015 Truth & Hope with Ara Dinkjian on 'oud, accompanied by string quartet & Tamer Pınarbasi

Fri, April 10, 2015 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Musical Performance: 1915-2015 Truth & Hope

Ara Dinkjian on 'Oud, accompanied by String Quartet &
Tamer Pınarbaşı on Qanun

In commemoration of the Centenary of the Armenian Genocide, Alwan for the Arts and 3rd i NY present a special series showcasing the enduring arts and culture of the Armenians, who share a collective tragedy, and who have become an integral part and active voice in the tapestry of world cultures, specifically that of the Middle East and the Arab world, where distinct and complex Armenian communities have taken root and been nourished over the last century.

In this concert, renowned Armenian-American 'oudist and musician, Ara Dinkjian pays special tribute to the tribulations and reslience of the Armenian people with a new album of Armenian songs entitled "1915-2015 Truth & Hope". Dinkjian, on 'oud, will be accompanied by a string quartet and guest musician, Tamer Pınarbaşı, on qanun.

The evening's repertoire reflects on the Armenian Genocide. It includes songs of mourning, the resting of the souls of the departed, soldiers, and prayer, that are well-known Armenian folk songs, as well as Armenian sacred music, and pieces written and arranged by Ara Dinkjian.

Tickets: $20 General Admission
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Doors open at 7:30 pm


Ara Dinkjian launched his musical career at the age of five, mastering the doumbek drum to perform in the 1964 New York City World’s Fair. A graduate from the Hart College of Music, where he studied piano, guitar and darbuka, Dinkjian received his degree with a specialization in the ‘oud. Founding member of the band Night Ark, which focuses on classic Anatolian musical stylings with jazz, Dinkjian became world-renowned with the multi-platinum hit “Dinata”, a mix of Balkan, Greek and Armenian music, which was performed by the world-famous Greek folk singer Eleftheria Avarnataki at the closing ceremony of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

As a songwriter, Dinkjian’s music has been recorded by numerous musicians including Gülşen, Kibariye, Mine Koşan, Ahmet Kaya, Coşkun Sabah, Burcu Güneş and others. Dinkjian’s fluid compositions reflect his familiarity with a wide array of musical traditions, from Armenian and Greek folk music to American Jazz.

Alwan's music program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council

Last updated: 2015-03-21 10:44:23

1915-2015 Truth & Hope
1915-2015 Truth & Hope
Ara Dinkjian
Ara Dinkjian

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