|The ensemble, lead by kanun player Ara Topouzian, consists of some of the finest Armenian musicians today. This recording features traditional Armenian and Middle Eastern dance songs that were brought to the United States by immigrant musicians.
John Harotian preserves the folk sound of the clarinet with his improvisational tones. Bruce Gigarjian and Stepan Megerdichian provide the rhythmic sounds necessary for this recording. Oudist, Dick Barsamian displays his talents as one of the lead musicians, providing the drive for the ensemble. Jay Baronian on dumbeg displays the Middle Eastern percussion sounds that are essential to this type of recording. He also the vocalist. Special guest artist George Stringos can be heard on the Greek Medley track playing the Greek bouzouki.
Track Listing: Seven Uncles, Dzaghe Poonche, Pujeecht, Gole Sangem, Sivas Bar, Haleh, Greek Medley Lazara, Sirelem, Kanun Taksim, Tamzara, Mid East Bar