Show #14 Cross Culture, Cross Gender and Cross Over Music with The Legend of Armen Ra and the Theremin (Apr.10)

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“Everyone’s Story Deserves To Be Told”, says Armen Ra who feels as though he has lived a thousand lives in just one lifetime.  This week our compelling story crosses culture, gender and a blend of classical and folk music magically produced from the eerie sounding theremin. Armen’s story of performance and personal trauma will captivate your ears, your imagination and your heart.

Armen shares his personal story live on the air, with  Producer Matt Huffman and Director Robert Arjoyan.  Listen as they tell about the making of the documentary “When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra and the Theremin” . Hear how they were inspired to tell this remarkable legend, the role the home movies and archival footage played in the film, how they raised the money and theda Lepore, Air vision for how the film will be released. The show talked about Club Kids, BFF Amanda Lepore and the murder of Angel Mendoza.

Don’t miss tech talk with Phil Vigeant who discusses some of the challenges of getting many different archival formats into the documentary, including NTSC and PAL.

Bio: Armen Ra is an American artist and performer of Iranian-Armenian descent. Born in Tehran, Iran, he was raised by his mother, a concert pianist, and his aunt, an opera singer and Ikebana master. His family fled during the Iranian Revolution of the 1970’s while on vacation in Europe.  He taught himself to play Theremin.  His music fuses Armenian folk music with modern instrumentation, along with melodic lounge standards and classical arias. His concerts are known for their combination of both visual arts and his music.

Armen Ra has played at The United Nations, Wiener Konzerthaus Mozartsaal Vienna, CBGB’s, Knitting Factory, La MaMa E.T.C., Joe’s Pub, Boulder Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln, The Gershwin Hotel,  B.B. King Museum, and Dietch Projects. He has been featured on and appeared in:  CNN, HBO, MTV, VH1, Vogue, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and Glamour.  He has performed and recorded with various bands and on many projects (including a collaboration with British recording artist Marc Almond, on the song “My Madness & I” from his 2010 release, Varieté) His debut solo CD, Plays The Theremin (released on Bowl & Fork Records in 2010) showcases many Classical Armenian laments and folk songs, representing both Armen’s Heritage and his very first musical influence. He has a cameo appearance in the film Party Monster.

He currently resides in Hollywood, California.

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