LOS ANGELES—After wowing Los Angeles fans at their last concert that took place at the open air Ford Amphitheatre in May, Element Band returns to the magical setting for an encore performance on Sunday, September 27 at 7PM.
The band will hit the stage with a dynamic program featuring an array of international and Armenian selections that deliver folk-fusion by incorporating deft instrumentation, lush vocal harmonies, and rich multi-ethnic musical styles that bring audiences to their feet.
“I have no words to describe what I feel when I listen to Element Band’s music. I can feel the soul, the magic–in every song, every word, and every note. Thanks for giving us these moments,” said one fan after their last concert.
The band’s appeal comes in the unique arrangements that embrace South American, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern traditions. The stylings are variously embossed with such sounds of Flamenco and Rembetika, as well as more contemporary influences.
“Each of us delivers something special to the band,” stresses director and arranger Ara Dabandjian. “The vocalists are amazing with their variety of influences and the energy of the musicians is unparalleled.”
The band is composed of nine members of various ages and backgrounds who apply new styles and innovation to musical traditions to perform more contemporary compositions.
Dabandjian, from all indications, is influenced by Greek, Latin, and Middle Eastern traditions, which waft in-and-out of his arrangements. What is amazing is that the selections remain true to their cultural traditions.
French, Greek, Spanish, Portuguese and Armenian selections are some of the samplings the band will perform at their September 27 concert. Dabandjian promises a groundbreaking event. “We believe in putting on a show for our fans and this concert will be like no other, with songs from our new double album “Oo” and many surprises.”
At the end of Element Band’s last Ford Amphitheatre show, Dabandjian threw the audience one of his “surprises” by bringing in the gospel singers from North Hollywood First Baptist Church. After participating in Kousan Ashod’s “Hov Keesher,” the singers from First Baptist, along with their soulful keyboardist Stafford Floyd, engaged the audience in a rendition of “Ay Markara” that pushed audience members towards the stage with dance and song.
At a more recent show in Pasadena, Mike McCary from Boys II Men showed up on stage to perform with the group. One can only guess what Dabandjian along with his crew of eight, including three vocalists, have up their sleeve this round. We’ve been assured that there’s plenty.
Presale tickets for the Sunday, September 27, 7PM concert are $25, $35, $45 and students with ID get a 20% discount. At-The-Door Tickets are $30, $40, $50. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount by typing GROUP in Promotion Code field.