The unique and mesmerizing style of World-renowned, Persian-Armenian Theremin virtuoso, Armen Ra, has already garnered admiration in the hearts and minds of fans on multiple continents.
Intrigued by this strange and one-of-a-kind instrument (invented by a Russian professor/physicist in 1920, officially giving birth to Electronic Music), Armen Ra began to study the Theremin in 2001 and his debut performance came later that year when he shared the stage with the orchestral group, Antony & The Johnsons, in New York City. Soon afterward, Armen's first solo concert at The Gershwin Hotel was covered by CNN and attended by many of NYC's finest glitterati, artists, and promoters.
Armen's career quickly grew into a wave of performances at upscale venues in both the United States and Europe: The United Nations, The New Museum (NYC), Disney Concert Hall (L.A.), Wiener Konzerthaus Mozartsaal (Vienna), and Villa Petraia (Florence, Italy). In Fall 2009, Downtown L.A.'s premier venue, REDCAT, hosted Armen's performance of his critically-acclaimed multimedia piece, "METAL (A Tribute to Maria Callas)".
Armen Ra is considered one of the finest thereminists in the world today. He is one of the only artists capable of playing the extremely rare seven octave theremin at the professional level. Armen has performed and recorded with a large variety of bands and orchestras. Recent performances include a North American tour with rock icon Nick Cave's group, Grinderman. Armen collaborated with legendary British recording artist, Marc Almond, on his 2010 release, "Varieté". His exquisite Theremin playing can be heard in the song "My Madness and I". And 2011 begins with Armen appearing on the new Current 93 album entitled "HoneySuckle Aeons".
His debut solo CD, “Plays The Theremin” was released on Bowl & Fork Records in the summer of 2010. It showcases many classical Armenian laments and folk songs, representing both Armen's heritage and his first musical influences.
Armen currently resides in Hollywood, California and is starting work on both production design & composing his first soundtrack of a major motion picture release (details to be announced soon).
About the Theremin:
The theremin is the first electronic instrument ever made. It was invented by Russian professor/physicist, Leon Theremin, in 1920. It is the only instrument played by not touching it. The rare and complex seven octave theremin is extremely difficult to play, much less, to master. Because of this it is no longer being made. Armen Ra's mastery of this instrument puts him in a class of his own.
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