Musical Performance: Music From The Fringes Festival: An Armenian In New York

Sat, April 5, 2008 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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$15 ($10 Students with valid ID)

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Ara Dinkjian (oud)
Adam Morrison (keyboard)
Seido Salifoski (percussion)


In this rare New York concert appearance, Ara Dinkjian, founder of the groundbreaking group Night Ark, showcases his oud playing and timeless compositions, most of which appear on his latest CD, An Armenian In America.


Ara Dinkjian

Is an Armenian born in America in 1958. His earliest professional musical experience was accompanying his father Onnik Dinkjian, a renowned Armenian folk and liturgical singer. Ara learned several western and eastern instruments (piano, guitar, darbuka) and in 1980 graduated from the Hartt College of Music, earning the country’s first and only special degree in the instrument for which he has become most well-known, the oud. For the past 35 years, he has continued his post as organist in the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Throughout his musical life, Ara has continued to develop his highly personal compositional style which blends his eastern and western roots. In 1985, to help realize these compositions and musical concepts, Ara formed his instrumental quartet, Night Ark, which recorded four CDs for RCA/BMG and Universal/PolyGram. Night Ark’s recordings and concert tours were highly influential for musicians and music lovers throughout the world because they demonstrated how music can move forward while still retaining the dignity and soul of one’s culture.

Ara Dinkjian’s compositions have had a universal appeal. His songs have been recorded by world famous instrumentalists and singers in thirteen different languages, demonstrating that music does indeed unite people and cultures. His hit song “Dinata, Dinata” was performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympics. Also, many of his compositions have appeared in movie and television soundtracks.

Ara Dinkjian is also considered one of the best oud players in the world. Again, his style is a very personal one, with an emphasis on a uniquely beautiful tone. He has appeared throughout the world on concert stages, oud festivals, seminars, and master classes. His latest recording, An Armenian In America, was recorded live at the 2005 Jerusalem Oud Festival.

Ara Dinkjian continues to compose, perform, record, and teach, while creating his own unique musical landscape.

Adam Morrison

A native of New York City, began piano studies at age 3. His teachers included David Bar-Illan, Joanne Brackeen and Gary Dial as well as workshops with Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Adam studied piano and composition at the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel and completed graduate studies at the California Institute of the Arts.
He has played or rec

orded with jazz artists such as Eddie Daniels,Mike Richmond and Chris Potter and ethnic music artists including Hassan Hackmoun, Nilsson Matta and Duduka daFonseca.

Adam divides his time between teaching, performing and composing for modern dance and film.

Seido Salifoski

A Roma born to a singer mother and a folk dancer father in Prilep, Macedonia, Seido has played darbuka/dumbek in Balkan and Middle Eastern style for 30 years. With his extensive experience playing Turkish, Greek, Balkan, and Middle Eastern percussion combined with flare of jazz from studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, his unique virtuosity has set him apart from the pack worldwide.

After frequently playing music in the now-legendary Middle Eastern nightclubs such as Ali Baba and Port Said in Manhattan closed, Seido started truly developing and augmenting the style of dumbek playing with his unique approach. In the early 90's, he joined forces with Matt Dariau, as a member of highly influential Matt Dariau's Paradox Trio. Paradox Trio spearheaded the downtown New York Balkan Jazz movement, catapulting Seido into a household name in the genre, with his unique virtuosic darbuka/dumbek style that seamlessly combined jazz and Balkan technique.
Seido has played with such notable artists as Tarkan, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and Ivo Papazov. He also accompanied Tayyar Akdeniz and his dance troupe, while traveling to teach at several Balkan and Turkish music and dance camps on both coasts, such as EEFC Balkan Music & Dance Workshops (CA & MA/NY), and Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp (PA). Balkan Brothers, the collaboration with his life-long friend, Ismail Butera, continues in local nightclubs and concert halls, as well as his own ensemble, Romski Boji.

Without the usual musical limitations, Seido continues to work with, and experience, groups and artists in different musical genres, such as, Zlatne Uste, Yuri Yunakov, Hassan Issukut, Anahid Sofian Dance Company, and Ken Butler. When not touring Europe and the U.S. with Paradox Trio, he teaches darbuka/dumbek privately and offers full day workshops several times a year to an avid coterie of aficionados.

With a great respect, he counts Buddy Rich and Sami Zekirovski (better known as Buco) as a major influence in his musical life.

Last updated: 2008-03-30 21:32:25

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