The UCLA Armenian Music Program enthusiastically announces a new residency by the Los Angeles-based Lernazang ensemble. Founded in 2017 by dancers and musicians in Los Angeles with a creative and educational vision of practicing and promoting the Armenian azgagrakan (ethnographic) repertoires, Lernazang has already taken an active part in enriching AMP’s teaching, outreach, and performance programs. Under the leadership of its founders, UCLA doctoral students Natalie Kamajian and Armen Adamian, Lernazang will perform during the Genocide Commemoration Concert at Hammer Museum on April 19, 2023, the Day of Armenian Music at UCLA on May 26, 2023, join Armenian Music Ensemble’s class sessions, and take part in AMP’s outreach programs via performances and workshops.
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Armen Adamian is the co-Founder, Music Director, and duduk instrumentalist of Lernazang. He is also a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at UCLA. His research investigates the politics of music making among Armenians and the involvement of musical and choreographic discourses in the production of geopolitical and national narratives.
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Natalie Kamajian is the co-Founder and Dance Director of Lernazang. She is also a Ph.D.student in Culture and Performance at UCLA. She is a practitioner and teacher of Armenian vernacular dances, which are largely understudied within the fields of both Dance and Armenian studies. Her research inquiries stem from an in-depth dance practice spanning several years in Armenia.
Lernazang Performs Armenian Folk Concert in Glendale, CA
Lernazang Teaches Armenian Dance Workshop at Rose & Alex Pilibos School
A Day of Armenian Music
Nine years ago, the Armenian Music Program was started with a single student ensemble-in-residence. On Tuesday, May 31 at 12:00 pm, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will host A Day of Armenian Music – Music of Connections. The concert will feature two student ensembles, world-renowned artists, workshops and Armenian music in classical, folk and jazz
Professor Melissa Bilal Joins Armenian Music Program as Its Full-Time Associate Director
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Bilal, an internationally recognized ethnomusicologist, sociocultural anthropologist, and social historian, as the full-time Associate Director of the Armenian Music Program.
Armenian Chamber Music album was co-conceived by School of Music Professor Movses Pogossian
A new album of contemporary chamber music might never have come into existence without SOM professor Movses Pogossian. Recorded on the UCLA campus, the album, Con Anima, is also among a select number of projects that the record label, Edition of Contemporary Music, has produced outside of Europe.