With the largest population of Armenians in the world outside of Armenia, it comes as no surprise that Element Band, a group dedicated to continuing the tradition of Armenian music, should call Los Angeles their home.
Element Band is known for their innovative take on Armenian musical traditions. Add the hypnotic vocals of Soseh Aramouni and Natalie Avunjian to band leader Ara Dabandjian's trademark arrangements and instrumentations, and you get a rare chemistry that makes Element Band's performances exhilarating to experience. With more than a dozen musicians and numerous ethnic, traditional and contemporary musical instruments, Element Band revives the soulful sounds of this ancient land.
For the past 15 years, Element Band has been introducing these sounds to new audiences around the globe. On Sunday, June 23, they return to the Ford after last year's sold-out show and they're bringing with them Armenia's Miqayel Voskanyan, who, with his band, is leading the way for contemporary Armenian music.
Starting the evening off right, Miqayel Voskanyan and Friends Band will perform what Miqayel calls their "mostly folk with jazz-fusion combinations." Miqayel and his band pair the tar, a classical Armenian instrument, with saxophone, drums, and keyboard, to create a musical style that incorporates jazz, Armenian folk, rock, and funk.
Ara first met Miqayel during a 2015 tour in Armenia and immediately connected with his soulful sounds. "Miqayel's style of playing tar is quite unique and adding to that are his silky vocals and a group of wonderful jazz musicians."
This magical evening under the stars will have you dancing in your seats as the music and vocals carry you to a land far away from the Hollywood Hills.
Element Band with Miqayel Voskanyan and Friends Band performs on Sunday, June 23 at 7:30 pm. Tickets and info here.