Creatively focused and noteworthyPhoto credit: Norayr Kasper, "I Will Talk to You About Time." Fotoistanbul 2015.
Gurumiran: Finding flavor and feeling through music For over two decades, Lebanese-Armenian musician, Gurumiran, has been riding a sonic rollercoaster. From his early days as a guitarist for one of the Middle East’s hottest underground bands, to his reincarnation as an electro-rock, Arabesque-smooth solo artist, this cross-genre singer-songwriter, guitarist, audio engineer, and all-around music lover has changed the landscape around him. With several world tours under his belt, this November, he will appear in NYC for the fourth time to perform two concerts, including a charity gig for wounded war children.
Birthright Armenia: At the crossroads of self-discovery and nation-building What happens when you join a bus full of cosmopolitan 20-somethings on a trek through the sloping mountains of Armenia’s Aragatsotn province? If you ask the volunteers of Birthright Armenia, they would answer, “pure joy.” Last summer, I tagged along on one of their jaunts, and it became one of the most memorable experiences of my six-week stay in Armenia.
Between bowls: The pursuit of Armenian identity, self-discovery, and the perfect bowl of soup Inspired by his recent participation in Hamazkayin ArtLinks 2019, Los Angeles-based comedy writer and magician Missak Artinian (AKA Magic Missak, AKA the Armenian Channing Tatum) shares his story "Between bowls"—his pursuit of identity, self-discovery, and the perfect bowl of soup...
Understanding ‘Anush’: A second look at Tumanian’s great heroine It is often said that literature is the most accessible way to see the world—and worlds beyond our own. Growing up outside of the traditional diaspora, there were few opportunities to tap into my Armenian roots. The stories of Armenia’s national poet, Hovhannes Tumanian, were my window into the unfamiliar lands of my forefathers. Last summer, my family and I ventured to two of the writer’s former homes, to see what inspired the man who inspired generations.
Rebirth Armenia: This is our 'vrezh' In remembering, learning about, and visiting our ancient homeland of Western Armenia, Armenians are often struck with grief and a desire for revenge. Two diasporans from the U.S. began the quest for this revenge with a project, raising awareness of pressing issues and areas under threat in Armenia. They soon found themselves joining forces in a strong non-violent resistance movement, and have been traveling the regions of Tavush and Artsakh for three years, telling stories of strength and determination.