Film, Video Zulal Trio & Ara Dinkjian Oral History

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Zulal Trio & Ara Dinkjian Oral History
Members of the Zulal Trio discuss the history of the group and their music.
Event Date
May 28, 2015
-  Ara Dinkjian is an American-born artist who grew up with traditional Armenian music. His earliest professional musical experience was accompanying his father Onnik Dinkjian, a renowned Armenian folk and liturgical singer. Dinkjian learned several western and eastern instruments (piano, guitar, dumbeg, clarinet) and in 1980 graduated from the Hartt College of Music, earning the country's first and only special degree in the instrument for which he has become most well-known, the oud. For more th an 40 years, he served as organist in the Armenian Apostolic Church. Throughout his musical life, Ara has continued to develop his highly personal compositional style which blends his eastern and western roots.
-  In Armenian, Zulal means "clear water." Zulal, the New York-based a cappella trio, takes Armenia's village folk melodies and weaves intricate arrangements that pay tribute to the rural roots of the music while introducing contemporary lyricism and energy. Zulal's singers, Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian and Anaïs Tekerian have been singing together since 2002.
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Running Time
35 minutes 40 seconds
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