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[FAR New York]: Aram Bajakian’s Jazz, Punk, and Kef. standard

“Aram Bajakian is a punk at heart. His instincts are to transform and to make new. And with Aram Bajakian’s Kef, he does just that. He honors tradition by turning it inside out ….” – Alan Semerdjian By Alan Semerdjian via Ararat Magazine Bajakian likes to call his Kef “contemporary music inspired by Armenian tradition” and cites his own Armenian heritage and listening to Richard Hagopian’s oud playing as influences. Indeed, his adventurous guitar work carries within it the same type of frenetic attack and deep, penetrating longing as found in Hagopian’s oud playing. Two of the tracks (“Laz Bar” and “Karasalama”) were “directly taken from Hagopian,” according to Bajakian, and “Hayastan” is based on a rhythm from one of ...

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[FAR Scholarships]: Nishanian Scholars Graduate Gavar State University. standard

For nearly nine years, the Jerair Nishanian Foundation has implemented the Jerair Nishanian Scholarship Program in Armenia through FAR. This program has given more than 50 socially vulnerable students from Gavar State University in the Gegharkunik region and Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction the opportunity to continue on to higher education. This year, 12 of the program’s 53 beneficiaries graduated from Gavar State University. One graduate student and seven undergraduate students earned degrees with honors, also known as “Red Diplomas.” Gavar State University Rector Ruzanna Hakobyan, Der Markos Bishop Hovhannisyan, Gegharkunik Diocese Primate, and other guests attended the ceremony. Ruzanna Hakobyan and Der Markos opened the ceremony with their welcome speeches. While bittersweet, the atmosphere was also exciting ...

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[Armenian Archaeology]: Uncovering Armenia’s Past in Tigranakert. standard

Excavations and findings from the mountainous Tigranakert are now on display at the archaeological museum in Aghdam. The city of Tigranakert was an ancient Armenian territory built on the landing of today’s mountainous Karabakh under the rule of King Tigran the Great in the 1st century B.C. It was once part of the Armenian empire and competed with Rome for political strength. The city now lies in the abandoned and disputed buffer zones of Karabakh, near the borders of Azerbejian. Findings heighten today’s tensions over historical possession of the territory between Armenians and Azerbaijanis. With modern politics coming into play, the ruins of Tigranakert remain as a testament to the strong Armenian presence in the area. FAR intern Samantha with the ruins of Tigranakert ...

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[FAR Schools]: Ounjian School Continues to Grow. standard

Although construction has already been in progress for five months, an opening ceremony dedicated to the launch of the Ounjian School’s new sub building was held on July 8 in honor of its chief supporter Dr. Hovhannes (John) Ounjian’s the arrival at the project site. The former N21 secondary school, which was completely ruined after the 1988 earthquake, was reconstructed due to the generous benevolence of Dr. Ounjian, who is from New York and also an honorable citizen of Gyumri. The school is named after the benefactor’s parents Armenak and Yeghisabet Ounjian. Dr. Ounjian also undertook the expenses of the reinforcement and renovation of the school’s sub building, which will contain new classrooms, a library, and language room. The Reverend ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Dispatches From Armenia – Lost in Translation. standard

I realize this title is kind of a cop out. But there’s some truth to it. I was lucky enough to constantly be around an Armenian or Russian speaker during my first two weeks here and I could easily get by with my Armenian “hello” and “thank you.” Now, when I’m out wandering the streets of Yerevan, I run into some problems. The other day I asked for coffee and then I inadvertently refused it. (Refusing rich, delicious Armenian coffee is a now crime in my book, too.) We had to have a third party intervention. Just days before that, I asked for lemonade but ended up with pear juice. Worse things can happen due to my language deficiencies, I ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Dispatches From Armenia – A Glimpse of CME. standard

It’s amazing what some of Armenia’s doctors are able to work with. Today, while visiting several medical centers in and around Yerevan I was able to see where the physicians participating in this month’s Continuing Medical Education Program are based. Walking through neonatology wards and intensive care units, I heard a few stories about their home institutions. One anesthesiologist must observe through facial expression and movement how her patients under anesthesia react during surgery because her hospital in Vanadzor doesn’t have all of the proper monitoring equipment. Another neonatologist is one of a team of two who must care for the 30 infants who come to her hospital every month. Her hospital also lacks proper equipment and they are simply ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Dispatches From Armenia – Yerevan, Day 1. standard

Well, this is it. After nearly two weeks of touring Armenia and Karabagh with this year’s Young Professionals Trip, I’m back in Yerevan for the rest of the summer. It’s a little surreal — we saw quite a bit of this city during the trip and parts of it began to feel familiar and comforting. Now all of those different places we visited are starting to feel congruent. Despite my haze from prolonged sleep depravation, a conversation with some of my co-workers this morning started to open things up even more. We discussed the high unemployment that drives so many Armenians out of their homeland and the obstacles women in particular often face to get work — the need to ...

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[Hayastani Kidak Society]: Dispatches From Armenia – FARs 2010 Young Professional Trip – The End. standard

It’s so strange to think we parted ways in the early morning hours with bleary eyes and lots of hugs. This trip exceeded any expectations I may have had. And based on our emotional goodbye dinner, I wasn’t the only one impacted. Each of us was touched in deeply personal ways, and I believe this trip brought clarity and a stronger connection for most about what it means to have one’s roots stem from this rich and fascinating land. Credit: FAR Staff I can’t say that I understand what it means to be Armenian, but at least I have a better idea now. I’ve seen every region of this beautiful country, spoken with its people (albeit mostly through translation), devoured ...

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