Various Artists - YERAZ [Past, Present and Future Armenian Sounds From Los Angeles to Yerevan] (2xLP)
Featuring virtuosos of "Contemporary Armenian" music such as Bei Ru, Lara Sarkissian and Armen Ra, as well as shedding a light on the independent music scene in Yerevan, "YERAZ" is an exercise in ethnomusicology. Classical songs and instruments collide with the full spectrum of electronic-based music from ambient to techno and everything in between, building a mosaic inside of a specific cultural context. Whether you are looking to get lost in meditation or bring dynamic energy to a room, this record serves as a tool kit for all intents and purposes with a traditional touch.
The double-LP is split between Angeleno artists (Sides A and B) incorporating folk instruments and melodies to reinterpret the "Contemporary Armenian" idea outside of the established pop landscape, and Yerevani artists (Sides C and D) emulating popular musical trends of the West through their native lexicons. The album closes with a sound bath highlighting the spirituality of Armenia's foremost symbol of intangible heritage: the duduk (played and arranged by Deradoorian). The word 'genre' takes on a whole new meaning as "YERAZ" explores all the different ways a culture can be illustrated through music.
Critique will be donating 100% of its net profits from sales of YERAZ to Kooyrigs, a non-profit organization providing resources for women and transparent aid to the Armenian homeland. You can learn more about their mission and projects at www.kooyrigs.org.
Emil Abramyan ~ Sky
Bei Ru ~ Port Sayid
Lara Sarkissian ~ Suspended In Time, By The Sea
Armen Ra ~ Crane
Deradoorian ~ Three Duduks
KamavoSian ~ Masiv Calling
Melineh ~ Antsi Antsnem
Serjo ~ Love Delivery
D.zúk ~ Arevmutq
Taleen Kali ~ Sonic Meditation
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