Ceremonies

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ross Boissoneau
As keyboardist for Shadowfax, Armen Chakmakian helped bridge the worlds of jazz and ethnic world music. On this solo recording, he takes the music a step further, making it true world jazz. Egyptian, Armenian and other ethnic elements are used in jazzy riffs, improvisational segments and the whole emerges as the sum of its parts. "Ceremonies" also succeeds as a reflection of Chakmakian's personality, with the pieces reflecting various emotional states. It may not swing in the traditional sense, but listeners with an open mind will find much here to cherish. "A Kiss and a Sigh 99," written by Chakmakian for his wife Susan, may be the most engaging, though the title ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ross Boissoneau
As keyboardist for Shadowfax, Armen Chakmakian helped bridge the worlds of jazz and ethnic world music. On this solo recording, he takes the music a step further, making it true world jazz. Egyptian, Armenian and other ethnic elements are used in jazzy riffs, improvisational segments and the whole emerges as the sum of its parts. "Ceremonies" also succeeds as a reflection of Chakmakian's personality, with the pieces reflecting various emotional states. It may not swing in the traditional sense, but listeners with an open mind will find much here to cherish. "A Kiss and a Sigh 99," written by Chakmakian for his wife Susan, may be the most engaging, though the title track, written for Chakmakian's late Shadowfax bandmate, Chuck Greenberg, is the most haunting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/1998
  • Label: Truart Records
  • UPC: 653444321042
  • Catalog Number: 43210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gypsy Rain (5:24)
  2. 2 A Kiss and a Sigh (5:20)
  3. 3 Ceremonies (5:14)
  4. 4 A Time to Heal (6:12)
  5. 5 Imaginings (5:38)
  6. 6 Enchantress (4:12)
  7. 7 Distant Lands (5:52)
  8. 8 Rain, Rain Go Away (4:56)
  9. 9 Echoes of a Prayer (6:18)
  10. 10 Moonlight in Your Eyes (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Armen Chakmakian Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Dumbek, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Hand Clapping
John Bilezikjian Oud
Djivan Gasparyan Vocals, Duduk, Zurna
Douglas Lunn Electric Bass
Stuart Nevitt Percussion, Drums
Ramon Yslas Percussion
Alex de Grassi Acoustic Guitar
Martin Flores Percussion, Bongos, Drums
Andy Abad Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Tres
Susan Chakmakian Hand Clapping
Andre Harutyunyan Dumbek, Percussion
Greg Ellis Percussion
Technical Credits
Suzanne Doucet Creative Consultant
Armen Chakmakian Producer
Ron McMaster Mastering
Dann Michael Thompson Engineer
Susan Chakmakian Poetry
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