What's trending in the world of Armenian culturePhoto credit: Norayr Kasper, "Residues of a Slogan." Fotoistanbul 2015.
'Mokatz Harsner': Hear all about the brides of Moks Widely regarded as the most instrumental figure in establishing the genre of modern Armenian national music, this priest and martyr of the Armenian Genocide collected, transcribed, and preserved thousands of songs—in Armenian, Turkish, and Kurdish that are still cherished today.
'Ari Im Sokhag': Armenia’s favorite lullaby No list on Armenian folk music would be complete without the inclusion of the lullaby, "Ari Im Sokhag" ("Come Hither, My Nightingale"). There are countless versions of this song all over the Internet and it remains one of Armenia’s favorite folk songs, which may seem baffling. Why so much love for a children’s song?
'Leylum': Try not to dance when you hear this French ethno folk band, Collectif Medz Bazar, is comprised of young Armenian, Kurdish, Turkish, French, and American members from Paris. One of their most renowned songs, "Leylum," is based on the popular Sasuntsi wedding dance song, "Mayroke," about a beautiful, black-haired girl named Mariam—“Mayro” in the Sasuntsi dialect.
'Tamam Ashkharh': The multilingual gusan's masterpiece When 6’4’’ Russian-Armenian Eva Rivas burst unto the Armenian music scene less than a decade ago, many branded her the “Armenian Angelina Jolie." The attention on her looks quickly overshadowed her impressive vocals—that is, until she released her cover of "Tamam Ashkharh" (“The Whole World”). Then, it seemed like tamam ashkharh began to notice her musical talent.
'Here's To You Ararat': Seeing the mountain from 'the other side' Grammy Award-winning Turkish-Armenian avant-garde folk artist, Arto Tunçboyacıyan, has been reinventing the modern Armenian folk genre for the past few decades. Though not a cover, the song "Here's To You Ararat," released with his group, the Armenian Navy Band, tells of Arto’s love for Mount Ararat, once in Armenia, now in Turkey.
Transparent Language Online: Become bilingual today CEO of Transparent Language, Michael Quinlan, states, ”No language is so small that no one needs to learn it. If we could, we would provide learning material for all 7,000 languages in the world." This mantra has steered the company to become one of the world’s leading language-learning programs, offering over 100 languages in its vast arsenal, including Armenian!