interview 'Fantastic Komitas': TmbaTa’s musical rite of passage with Arik Grigoryan Changing patterns in the transmission of folk music couldn’t have been more exciting. By breaking away from pedagogical conventions of formal music education, TmbaTa, the folk-rock orchestra at TUMO, is on a “quest to find the source of the Armenian spirit.” The eleven-member strong band has shaped a modern concept of Armenian music that stemmed from past centuries. One could call it the "new folk music" with influences from diverse musical experiences and a variety of instrumental combinations. How did it all come about? We set down for an exclusive interview with Arik Grigoryan, the man who made it happen!
multimediaGuide 'Mokatz Harsner': Hear all about the brides of Moks “Mokatz Harsner," translated as “The Brides of Moks” (an ancient Armenian province, located in present-day Van), is about the beauty and grace of the brides of Moks. A corresponding dance to this song is often performed by females at weddings.
multimediaGuide 'Here's to You, Ararat': Seeing the mountain from 'the other side' Grammy Award-winning Turkish-Armenian avant-garde folk artist, Arto Tunçboyaciyan, 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.