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Dalava: The Book of Transfigurations

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On the tender and haunting The Book of Transfigurations vocalist Julia Ulehla and her partner guitarist Aram Bajakian interpret thirteen Moravian folk songs with a personal and contemporary touch. Joining them in the ensemble Dálava are a quartet of Canadian improvisers who add an additional layer of spontaneous lyricism to this memorable music.

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ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Handmade Blade: Aram Bajakian's Dolphy Formations

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Guitarist Aram Bajakian has always played music that made things happen, whether it was with his contributions to Lou Reed's band, or Diana Krall's, or on his work on Tzadik Records, or his own self produced CD, 2016's superb Music Inspired By The Color of Pomegranate, an unofficial alternative soundtrack to the Russian movie of the ...

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Aram Bajakian: Music Inspired by the Color of Pomegranates

Read "Music Inspired by the Color of Pomegranates" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Aram Bajakian è un chitarrista assai eclettico, già accompagnatore di Lou Reed nei suoi ultimi tour, poi con Diana Krall, ma allo stesso tempo membro del gruppo Abraxas, due album con la Tzadik di John Zorn, e collabora con Marc Ribot e Yusef Lateef, Mat Maneri e Frank London, Nels Cline e lo stesso Zorn. Bajakian ...

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Frank London Ensemble al Teatro Manzoni di Milano

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Frank London Ensemble -The Glass House Project
Aperitivo in Concerto
Teatro Manzoni
Milano
24.01.2016

Aperitivo in Concerto ha sempre avuto un rapporto privilegiato con musicisti e musiche di estrazione ebraica. In questa edizione, la rassegna ha scelto di celebrare la Giornata della Memoria proponendo The Glass House Project del ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Aram Bajakian: Music Inspired By the Color Of Pomegranates

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Guitarist Aram Bajakian found a fitting concept to tie together his creative ideas and the extended techniques he's been exploring: An obscure Russian movie about the 18th century Armenian poet, Sayat Nova. The resulting album, Music Inspired by The Color of Pomegranates, is pensive, layered, brilliantly virtuosic music, sometimes minimalist, sometimes orchestral, all of it created ...

Paal Nilssen-Love, Bruce Brubaker, Muzsikás & The Glasshouse Orchestra

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Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit
First Unitarian Congregational Society
June 13, 2015

There aren't many churches where a believer can purchase Large Unit underpants upon entrance. Brooklyn's Issue Project Room experimental music venue is currently undergoing even further renovations, so they've been promoting gigs at various temporary haunts around the ...

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Lou Reed: Bonn, Germany, June 29, 2012

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Lou Reed
Kunst!rassen Festival
Bonn, Germany
June 29, 2012

As far as omens may go, Lou Reed's two-hour performance as the headliner of the freshly spawned Kunst!rassen 's inaugural concert was a dynamic debut for the new festival. Reed is doubtless a major international talent, but he's also drawn very mixed reactions for ...

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Chris May's Best Releases of 2011

Read "Chris May's Best Releases of 2011" reviewed by Chris May

2011 produced a bigger than usual crop of engaging new albums and important reissues. In no special order, here are ten new releases and five reissues: la crème de la crème.








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Aram Bajakian - Aram Bajakian's Kef (2011)

Aram Bajakian - Aram Bajakian's Kef (2011)

Listening to the guitarist Aram Bajakian is lot like listening to Marc Ribot, and Aram follows much of Ribot's wildly divergent style that incorporates the vintage forms of swing, punk and rock and roll into a fresh and daring style. So it's fair to state that if you like Ribot, you're gonna like Bajakian, too. That's enough ...

Aram Bajakian's Kef: New Sounds from the Armenian Diaspora

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Aram Bajakian

Aram Bajakian's Kef

Tzadik

2011

Itself born out of traditional music, jazz has over the last hundred years often enriched itself with folk infusions. In the 1930s, the Gypsy jazz of guitarist Django Reinhardt enlivened the European scene. Contemporaneously, the country swing of bands such as Bob Willis ...