Wed, May 29th

Ara Dinkjian with the NY Gypsy All-Stars


Doors 7PM
Show 8PM
Advance Price $15
Door Price $25

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Ara Dinkjian with the NY Gypsy All-Stars



ARA DINKJIAN was born in New Jersey, USA in 1958. He graduated Hartt College of Music, earning the country’s first and only special degree in the ud. His groundbreaking and highly influential group NIGHT ARK has recorded four CDs for RCA/BMG and PolyGram/Universal. He has given concerts in 24 different countries. His compositions have been recorded throughout the world by renowned musicians and singers in 14 different languages. Some of his compositions in Turkey alone include Ağladıkça (Ahmet Kaya), Vazgeçtim, Sarışınım, Yine Mi Çiçek, and Son Sardunyalar (Sezen Aksu).
In 2002, Dinkjian was chosen to represent Armenia in the First International Meeting Of The Oud at which twelve of the world’s top oud players gathered in Thessaloniki, Greece for three days of solo concerts and master classes. His composition Homecoming (Dinata Dinata) was performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympics.
His CDs An Armenian In America and Peace On Earth were recorded live at the 2005 and 2007 Jerusalem International Oud Festivals. Ara has also released a solo oud recording titled Conversations With Manol (2013), as well as Finding Songs (2013), which features 12 new compositions performed by the ARA DINKJIAN QUARTET. Recent releases include Diyarbekiri Hokin (The Soul of Dikranagerd) which is a collaboration with his father Onnik, as well as 1915–2015 Truth & Hope.
Ara has collaborated with kanunist Tamer Pınarbaşı and clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski in unique chamber-music style arrangements of ethnic folk, pop, classical, jazz, and original compositions. Collectively known as THE SECRET TRIO, they released their first CD titled Soundscapes in 2012, and their second CD titled Three Of Us in 2015, which includes special guests Sezen Aksu and Erkan Oğur.
Also released on DVD is the documentary film Garod, which tells the story of how Onnik Dinkjian kept Armenian folk music alive in the diaspora, and handed it down to his son Ara.
Ara Dinkjian continues to perform, record, compose, and teach.