Ceremonies

Ceremonies

by Armen Chakmakian
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
Label:
Truart Records
UPC:
0653444321028
catalogNumber:
43210

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Armen Chakmakian   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,Tres
Susan Chakmakian   Hand Clapping
Andre Harutyunyan   Dumbek,Percussion
Greg Ellis   Percussion

Technical Credits

Suzanne Doucet   Creative Consultant
Armen Chakmakian   Producer
Dann Michael Thompson   Engineer
Susan Chakmakian   Poetry

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