HOLLYWOOD–Renowned musician and ex-keyboardist of the jazz fusion act Shadowfax–Armen Chakmakian–will perform with his ensemble in a live concert at Hollywood’s Catalina Bar & Grill next month. Chakmakian’s first album with Shadowfax received a Grammy nomination for best new age album in 1992. He also has performance and production credits on various other releases with different artists.
His solo 1998 release titled "Ceremonies," debuted at number one on world and new age radio charts. In "Ceremonies," Chakmakian uniquely blends Armenian folk melodies with world and new age flavors producing an exotic sound that’s rich in ethnic rhythms and percussion.
"I produced this album to give the listener an experience that would tap into the primordial chord resonating within each of us. No matter where you are on the spiral of life–one of these tunes will speak to you," Chakmakian promises.
A prodigy with a gift for playing by ear–Chakmakian’s musical education was formidable. "For as long as I can remember there was always music in our house while I was growing up," he states.
A native of Glendale–California–he attended Berklee College of Music–UCLA and USC where he studied the "History of Armenian Music." He also studied jazz with John Novello–a world acclaimed music educator–and learned improvisation from keyboardist Chuck Wild. Soon–he found himself embarking on a successful career in Hollywood–performing–composing and arranging for singer/songwriters with former Rick James’ Stone City Band members–Richard and Lorenzo Shaw.
His recent southern rock tune "Long Way Down," can be heard in the Oscar nominated film "Tumbleweeds" and appears on the soundtrack.
Chakmakian’s July 12 concert at the renowned Catalina Bar & Grill (1640 N. Cahuenga Blvd.–Hollywood) is being organized by the Artee Society of Hamazkayin–which aims to present and promote young Armenian artists in a warm and social setting. Tickets are $15 plus a two-item purchase (drink–dessert–food–coffee–etc.) is required by the restaurant. Seating is limited.
For further information or to order tickets please call 818-243-0366. For more information about Armen Chakmakian visit www.TruArtRecords.com