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[FAR Yerevan]: Armenia is Calling Me. standard

By Liana Aghajanian via ianyan Magazine When I was an awkward 12-year-old, trying to make friends, fit in and figure out my place in the world, I got plucked from a public school and put into a private Armenian institution for two years. It wasn’t by choice. The school district had a problem with the fact that I lived one street over from their designated city line and so off to Armenian school I went, for better or for worse. It took one year (and countless horrific hours memorizing Armenian conjugations and reciting snippets of ancient Armenian history in front of a bunch of bored prepubescents) but I finally felt like I had made a place in this strange, yet ...

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[FAR New York]: Armenia Article by Tyler Guthrie. standard

Tyler Guthrie, a freelance writer living in Seattle, visited Armenia and wrote about his impressions for the “Washington Post”. The article caused quite a stir here at our offices. Everybody wanted to chime in and express all kinds of emotions, from joining the Tyler Guthrie fan club to being utterly surprised about his findings. So we call on you now. Let us know what you think, comment here or on the Washington Post page (or both) and get a conversation going. Armenia shows signs of a past beset by man-made and natural disasters By Tyler Guthrie The bus stopped at the Armenian-Georgian border, and as the only American on board, I was ushered past soldiers lazily holding assault rifles to ...

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[FAR New York]: Cultural Tidbits — Armenian Navy Band. standard

Via Zohrab Center Founded in 1998 by Turkish-born Armenian musician Arto Tuncboyaciyan, the Armenian Navy Band is comprised of twelve of Armenia’s most talented jazz and traditional musicians and uniquely performs the compositions of Tuncboyaciyan, a genre of music he refers to as “avant garde folk.” The Armenia-based ANB has put out six CDs over the past ten years and has performed all over world, going on tour in the US, Europe and throughout Turkey. In 2006, the ANB won the BBC World Music Audience “Best Performer” Award. Accepting the award outside of London, Tuncboyaciyan played his distinctive beer bottle for an audience of thousands. Please click here to continue reading.

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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – The Magic Kanoun Carpet. standard

Take one grand piano, shrink it to a tenth the size, take off the top, lose the keys, and place it on your lap – you are about to play the Kanoun. But it won’t be easy to master this Caucasian/Middle Eastern zither instrument. Keeping your fingers moving quickly across about 70 strings, which you must tune with your left while playing the melody with the right, gives new meaning to the word multi-tasking. At times, you might have to tune your ear to quarter tones (that’s an even smaller degree of note than the Western musician is typically used to). Multi-tasking, tonal detail, and physical balance – women often cross their legs under the flat instrument – are the ...

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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – Happy Birthday, Yerevan! standard

Yerevan, with towering Ararat watching over it, turns 2791 years old this year. On October 11th, this ancient city burst forth in a birthday celebration full of music, dance, parades, fireworks, light shows, and songs of Yerevan – new and old. People spilled out onto the streets with festive gatherings and carried out morning-til-night jubilations. Morning View of Yerevan City Center from the Cascade Credit: Paul Sookiasian Erebuni, as it was first named, was born to this land in 782, BC. The Urartians, ancestors to today’s Armenian people, under the rule of King Argishti founded the city as a strategic fortress town, strengthening their power in the Araratian plains as they moved their empire eastward.  2791 years later, Yerevan officials ...

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Hayastani Kidak Society Met at St. Leon’s Church standard

While summer just ended, it doesn’t feel too early to start thinking about traveling to Armenia next summer! At St. Leon’s Church in Fair Lawn, NJ, the Fund for Armenian Relief (“FAR”) had its Hayastani Kidak Society kick-off event with St. Leon’s ACYOA Seniors a couple weeks ago. Alumni from FAR’s recent Armenia trips came to meet and mingle with ACYOA members from throughout New Jersey. As those new to FAR’s offerings showed interest in next year’s journey to Hayastan, the get together also provided a wonderful opportunity to socialize across the Hudson, keep in touch with friends, and make a few new ones, too. The Hayastani Kidak Society will host more events with parishes in the upcoming months. Contact ...

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[Armenian Life]: Listening to Armenia – Eurovision and the Power of Musical Identity. standard

Two beautiful sisters with smiling eyes and sparkling smiles carried, with their musical talent, Armenia right upfront onto the international stage. Their voices, smooth as Caucasian obsidian and clear as Aragats mountain streams, mesmerized Eurovision audiences in Moscow as viewers held their phones, ready to text in votes. This was May 2009 and the sisters were Anush and Inga, well-known Armenian folk-pop singers, who meld traditional instruments, dance movements, and stylized costumes with exciting new choreography, upbeat rhythms, and a showmanship that not only enthralls but inspires a desire to join in, their fame and dazzling performance somehow not eliminating their welcoming demeanors. Anush and Inga led Armenia to the finals and won the nation a spot in 10th place. ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine's Dispatches – FAR's Intern in Armenia – We’ll miss you, Celine. standard

By Levon Lachikyan Prior to her internship at the FAR Yerevan Office, Celine Kaladjian had an opportunity to participate in the FAR Young Professionals’ Trip, which gave her a great opportunity to tour the country with other young Armenians. However, this was not Celine’s first trip to Armenia. Born in Marseilles, France, Celine was raised in an Armenian district of the city. Currently, Celine studies at University of Bordeaux III (France). She first discovered Armenia in stories documented by her great-grandparents, emigrants from Western Region of Armenia in 1922. But only the death of Celine’s grandparents in 2005 motivated her to visit Armenia for the first time. In June 2009, Celine visited Armenia for the second time. On her second ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Celine’s Dispatches – FAR’s Intern in Armenia – We’ll miss you, Celine. standard

By Levon Lachikyan Prior to her internship at the FAR Yerevan Office, Celine Kaladjian had an opportunity to participate in the FAR Young Professionals’ Trip, which gave her a great opportunity to tour the country with other young Armenians. However, this was not Celine’s first trip to Armenia. Born in Marseilles, France, Celine was raised in an Armenian district of the city. Currently, Celine studies at University of Bordeaux III (France). She first discovered Armenia in stories documented by her great-grandparents, emigrants from Western Region of Armenia in 1922. But only the death of Celine’s grandparents in 2005 motivated her to visit Armenia for the first time. In June 2009, Celine visited Armenia for the second time. On her second ...

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