–Band incorporates sounds of Europe and the Mediterranean–while maintaining purity of original compositions
Titled Yev O Phe–Element Band’s first Armenian CD brings a refreshing and long-awaited sound to Armenian music by partnering distinct vocals with colorful–warm–and exotic arrangemen’s.
While the sounds of Europe and the Mediterranean come to life through the use of classical guitar–violin–bass–accordion–bouzouki–mandolin–and keyboard–Yev O Phe remains free to be distinctively Armenian.
The band takes great pains to keep the Armenian songs pure–but uses bold arrangemen’s and genuine sounds of instrumen’s to introduce exciting twists and compositions of traditional songs.
Element Band first captured the attention of audiences with their performance at the John Anson Ford Theatre in May 2005–as the opening act for the French gypsy band Bratsch. They later opened for the legendary Demis Roussos at the Kodak Theater in November 2005.
Element Band members include Ara Dabandjian (arrangemen’s–keyboards–classical guitar–accordion–string instrumen’s)–Saro Koujakian (songwriter–vocals–guitar)–Gars Sherbetdjian (vocals)–Shant Mahserejian (violin)–and Jeremy Millado (bass).
Yev O Phe
During the Middle Ages–as a result of greater and more enduring contact between Armenia and the West–the 36-letter Armenian alphabet incorporated two additional letters–o and phe–to better reproduce the sounds of European tongues–all the while–needless to say–remaining utterly Armenian. As a result–the modern Armenian alphabet can almost perfectly replicate the pronunciations of various languages.
So it is with Element’s Armenian compositions that incorporate the sounds of Europe and the Mediterranean–while remaining untethered–simply free… to be Armenian–uniquely.
Yev O Phe will be available on March 19 at www.cdrama.com–www.amazon.com–www.cdbaby.com–and at a store near you.