collaboration #IsolateWithHPem episode 12: Garabala’s Aline Naccachian Running out of juice during these trying times? Well, we've got you covered! On April 6, h-pem kicked-off its social connection initiative #IsolateWithHPem. For the foreseeable future, we will periodically post exclusive videos from our talented friends, who are professionals in their respective fields—from cooking and dance to comedy, journalism, and beyond. Their snappy tutorials will help us all combat the challenges posed by physical isolation through a virtual learning hub. Stay tuned!
interview Garabala: ‘Our interaction with other cultures shouldn’t be seen as a threat to our identity’ Garabala has increasingly become part and parcel of musical life in Beirut—a cherished phenomenon that brings the thrill of experimental concerts to the party spirit of modern-day kefs. After a captivating performance at this year’s installment of Innovate Armenia in LA, we met some of the band members before they hit the stage for a hometown concert.
interview Resurrecting the exiled: A conversation with John Hodian of the Naghash Ensemble When Armenian-American composer John Hodian first heard Hasmik Baghdasaryan’s striking timbre, ringing across the sacred columns of Armenia’s Garni Temple, he was transfixed—he knew he had to work with her, but had no idea how. It took several years of ruminating and rummaging through some dusty manuscripts before he came across a fragment of a poem by Mkrtich Naghash, a long-forgotten 15th-century Armenian priest and poet from Dikranagerd (modern-day Diyarbakir). Hodian—at that point, a listless NYC composer who had just moved to Armenia—had finally found his inspiration: or in show tune-speak, the Hammerstein to his Rodgers.
liveStream 'Mr Erkir' - Nver and Seyran Ghazaryan Father and son Nver and Seyran Ghazaryans, both members of the Hamazkayin Toronto Kousan choir, performing at the Armenian Youth Center of Toronto Hamazkayin Theater, during the Hamazkayin 90th anniversary celebrations on Dec. 9, 2018. (Live recording/stream) Vocals: Nver Ghazaryan Shvi: Seyran Ghazaryan