Some Press from the Performance in Beirut

Here are some fantastic articles and short films about the reopening of the 120-year-old formerly abandoned mansion of Raffi’s great grandfather Mardiros Baloumian.  Painting, scholarship, music, architecture, history, remembrance, reimagination, and cultural fusion were all part of the formula that brought this unforgettable evening to  life:

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Aztag Daily News

Lebanese Daily Star

L’Orient Le Jour 

Beirut.com

Debut Music Video Coming Soon!

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It’s been an absolute thrill working with the visionary director Oksana Mirzoyan to create the debut music video for Pushkin Street!  When discussing the project, we decided it was critical to integrate imagery from the cinematic, stunning, struggling motherland of ours.   That’s right – the land of pomegranates, endless mountains, and Kim Kardashian (well, sort of).  It has ample beauty, and ample struggle.  So we travelled north to Alaverdi, Armenia, a mining town under the thumb of mining conglomerate Vallex.  Alaverdi – surrounded by streams and mountains – is a microcosm of Armenia’s environmental challenges, a place of paradox, plumes of smoke from a nearby pipe perpetually hovering overhead, plastic bottles clogging rivers, and company logos plastered all over a town you know was once so beautiful.

Preliminary cuts of the music video are looking beautiful.  Oh yeah, and the tune?  ELECTRONIC FLIRTATION!

Here are some photos from our expedition!

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New Videos Featuring Raffi Joe Music

The Fulbright program’s Prague-based enrichment seminar “Citizens in Public Space” features “Dizzy In Dreams” in their recap video of an amazing four days with some of the most amazing thinkers and creators I have ever met!

Eileen Khatchadourian’s sound check for her recent concert in LA includes tunes from her award-winning album Midan and a snippet of a melody I penned for her (humming at the end) that she has beautifully interpreted…

Live from southern Armenia

In early April I had the privilege of spending some time with the wonderful people of Shvanidzor, Armenia.  At 391 people in the Syunik Marz, it is one of Armenia’s southernmost villages resplendent with fruit trees, livestock, and Iranian mountains towering overhead.  The school has 43 students, and on Wednesday, April 3rd I had the opportunity to perform for them.  Here’s a new number, “Coniferous”…enjoy!

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Press Coverage by The Armenian Weekly and The Armenian Mirror-Spectator!

Press from two beautiful publications!

The Armenian Weekly, founded in 1934 in Watertown, MA, ran an article about Pushkin Street.  Enjoy! http://www.armenianweekly.com/2013/02/28/armenian-american-artist-debuts-pushkin-street-in-armenia/

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Also from Watertown, MA, The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, founded in 1931, ran this article: http://www.mirrorspectator.com/pdf/020913.pdf 

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