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'Pagan Songs': The first full, uncensored English translation of Varoujan's once taboo masterpiece “Condemned as pornography for its eroticism, criticized by feminists for ‘objectifying women,’ and denounced by the Church as anti-Christian—Daniel Varoujan’s Pagan Songs survived a tumultuous reception when it was published in 1912 to begrudgingly become a classic of Armenian poetry.” Famed Armenian poet Daniel Varoujan’s notorious work has finally been translated—in its entirety—into English, thanks to Hratch Demiurge. The volume also includes an extensive introduction, helpful notes, and appendices. Now, if the opening of the book’s synopsis up top piqued your interest, be sure to read our exclusive piece by Demiurge, derived from the preface of his translation of Varoujan’s Pagan Songs («Հեթանոս երգեր» | “Hetanos Yerger”). Then, check out the trailer of "Taniel" («Դանիէլ»), a 2018 multi-award-winning arthouse short film by British writer and director Garo Berberian, which tells the story of the last months of the poet's life before his murder during the Armenian Genocide at the age of 31. You can find it in our video section below!
Raffi Joe Wartanian’s ‘Critical Distance’: An acoustic homage to the fretless After a six-year hiatus, Raffi is back with his sophomore album, "Critical Distance," which he hopes will drop by the end of the year. Check out our review of the record, then consider supporting the album's fundraising campaign through the link below!
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.