By Heran Kerashkenian
LOS ANGELES–Element Band will present its first solo performance at the Ford Amphitheatre on Friday–June 16–at 8:00 PM–with an evening that promises a dynamic concert and many surprises by a band that has taken Southern California by storm.
With its recently released premiere CD "Yev O Phe," Element has attracted an incredible mix of listeners to give the band a fan base that spans not only three generations–but has also transcended the diverse musical preferences prevalent in Armenian culture. It has also left fans wanting to hear more of their selections.
"The time was right," says the band’s arranger and musical director Ara Dabandjian–who also plays an array of instrumen’s in Element. "We usually play five or six songs when performing–but we have so much more that has never been heard."
In its two years together–the band has performed at the Kodak Theatre with legendary Greek singer Demis Roussos and at the Ford Amphitheatre with French Gypsy Band Bratsch–but has yet to give a solo performance.
Their concert at the Ford Amphitheatre will feature 24 mostly Armenian songs and several English selections–enhanced by the grace of dancers and the energy of a drum circle–all in the open-air setting of the Ford Amphitheatre.
The band’s sound is bold: Flamenco–Tango–Rembetika waft in and out of performances of traditional Armenian songs as well as their English songs. And to achieve this–the band uses the accordion–bouzouki–mandolin–classical guitar–violin–and the purity of the band’s vocalists to serve up a compelling combination of fiery Mediterranean and European sounds that are partnered with hauntingly raw Armenian.
Tickets for the June 16 performance are $30/$50 and can be purchased through the Ford Amphitheatre box office: (323) 461-3673 (Wednesday – Sunday 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM) or by visiting www.fordamphitheater.org. The Ford Amphitheatre is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East–Los Angeles–CA 90068.