Armen Ra plays at Issue Project Room 5/26

Posted: 5/24/2006 10:43:10 AM
armen ra

From: NY

Joined: 9/11/2005

unlikely couplings: shelley hirsch & armen ra audrey chen & jim

05/26/2006 08:00 PM  - Issue Project Room

400 Carol st., Brooklyn, NY 11201,US -  $10

I am looking forward to playing a full set at this event.

for more info, please visit http://www.myspace.com/armenra
Posted: 5/24/2006 11:18:32 AM
kkissinger

From: Kansas City, Mo.

Joined: 8/23/2005

Armen, best wishes to you on your upcoming performance.

I'm hoping to travel to your part of the world this fall and hopefully will be able to see you play the Theremin.
Posted: 5/24/2006 2:54:46 PM
omhoge

From: New York, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

EXCELLENT.
It's a big week for theremin performances in Brooklyn!
poo, hope I can make both now.
Thank you for the news Armen, this one almost got by me.

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Posted: 6/8/2006 11:52:29 AM
omhoge

From: New York, NY

Joined: 2/13/2005

Well I was able to switch things around and made it to Armen's show. Amren played a beautiful solo set then performed an improv. with a vocal performer.

It was a masterful and inspiring performance.
Including a variety of classical pieces and his own transcendent adaptations of Komitas and Armenian modes.
A big surprise was the Cold Genius aria by Purcell which was interpreted in such a lovely way it stood on it's own out of context very well and both made me recall the moving Nomi performance of it and expanded on my understand of the piece with Armen's own take on it in the non-verbal theremin version. Just what you want when an accomplished player pulls out one of your pet pieces!

I always hope for any kind of printed program, I can't remember the names of all the pieces. Many familiar classics. Hearing a player more than twice live let's you perceive more when they play a piece again. The room, venue, audience, events just before performing and their own sense as artists in the moment can give subtle changes that make it sound new each time. Armen does that, it never sounds like he's playing mechanically. That fellow knows how to pharse and blossom a sound!

Good work Armen, thanks for letting us know.
Posted: 6/20/2006 12:57:54 AM
kali

Joined: 9/3/2005

I must agree "omhoge" I have seen him play twice now, and in two different situations and his playing is so emotional, and it to me does not even sound like theremin, it sound organic with him?? beautiful.

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