Concert Ensemble (Trio or Quartet)
A trio would consist of kanun, guitar, and dumbegs. The quartet would include an additional musician, usually on oud (Middle Eastern lute). The ensemble would perform a concert 60-75 minutes in length. The concert would consist of a medley of Armenian and Middle Eastern traditional songs along with storytelling throughout the performance. A question and answer session would follow. This is a highly engaging ensemble and perfect for small to mid-size audiences for both adult and children.
Ensemble for Dancing/Party (Quartet or Quintet)
This ensemble would consist of kanun, guitar, dumbegs, oud, and/or clarinet. The music provided would be suitable for Armenian and Middle Eastern dance music. This style of music would fit several different occasions including weddings and festivals.
Ara on kanun can be utilized in several different audience settings. Most popular is having the kanun performed as background music can be compared to listening to a classical harp at a cocktail party. (Typically this would be for a maximum of 60 minutes)
Educational Institution Performances
The ensembles listed above can be available for all types of educational performances. Whether it is for K-12 children who love to see folk instruments performed to college students where a deeper discussion on Armenian history and how the music played a vital role is discussed.
Attention: Non Profit Organizations
Ara is affiliated with the Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Grant Program. Non-profit organizations can apply for touring grants to host Ara Topouzian for a performance or workshop. To view Ara’s link in the touring directly, click here. (Check web link for application deadlines)
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