Who said summer had to end? On Saturday, September 21: 2 – 5pm, we’re keeping summer going with our Endless Summer Mixer at Agave Uptown!
Enjoy the afternoon at this hot bar and restaurant with fresh authentic homemade Oaxacan food! We will enjoy the warm afternoon sun on the patio, and Agave’s delicious food and drinks all in Oakland’s thriving Uptown District!
See you there!
WHERE : Agave Uptown at 2135 Franklin Street, Oakland, California, 94612, United States
Jose State University Armenian Students Association presents a
commemoration concert dedicated to 150th anniversary of remarkable
Armenian musician Komitas, featuring Armenian composer and pianist Dr.
Tatev Amiryan, violinist Gayane Grigoryan, and soprano Anna
Program includes works by Komitas, G. Saradjyan, R. Andreasyan, S. Aslamazyan, and T. Amiryan
Professor Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh
will be our guest at UCBAA’s Annual Meeting speaking on the Armenian
genocide, Zeytun Gospels, the Getty Museum, and restitution in her
lecture entitled “From Genocide to Justice:The Modern Life of a Medieval [Armenian] Manuscript.”
book “The Missing Pages: The Modern Life of a Medieval Manuscript from
Genocide to Justice” was published in February by Stanford University
Press and chosen as a New & Noteworthy selection in The New York
Times earlier this year.
Zeitlian Watenpaugh is an art history professor at the University of
California, Davis. She is the award-winning author of The Image of an
Ottoman City: Architecture in Aleppo (2004).
WHERE: Alumni House Berkeley at 1 Alumni House, Berkeley, CA, 94704
Armenian Food Festival October 19 and 20, 2019 IN SF
The 77th Annual St. John Armenian Church’s Food Festival will be held Saturday, October 19 from 12 noon to 9pm and Sunday and October 20 from 12 noon to 3pm at the Paul Fellowship Hall, 275 Olympia Way in San Francisco.
delicacies will be served continually in the Church Hall and at the
take-out booth. Armenian dancing starts on Saturday at 9pm.
Proceeds from the food festival will be donated to Armenian charities, one locally and one in Armenia. St. John is the oldest Armenian church in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Armenian Folk Singer Hasmik Harutyunyan and Kitka Women’s Vocal
Ensemble join forces to present three collaborative concerts entitled Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands.
Performances will take place at the Green Music Center’s Schroeder
Concert Hall at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park on Thursday,
October 17 at 6:30pm; St. Vartan’s Armenian Church in Oakland on Friday,
October 18 at 8pm; and Saturday, October 19 at The Hammer Theater
Centre at San Jose State University at 7:30pm. Advance tickets may be
purchased online via links at Kitka.org/events.
of Armenia’s leading folk singers, Hasmik Harutyunyan is world-renowned
for her work with Yerevan’s Shoghaken Ensemble and for her mellifluous
renditions of Armenian lullabies, one of the most ancient and evocative
genres in Armenian music. Her quietly passionate interpretations of
traditional melodies from historical villages across the Armenian
plateau offer a mesmerizing glimpse into a lost world. Harutyunyan draws
strength and inspiration from her ancestors in the province of Moush in
historic (Western) Armenia, especially her grandmother, Mafo, who sang
to her as a child. In addition to songs sung by her family, Hasmik
learned many of the songs in her repertoire from elder women who had
emigrated from Anatolia to Eastern Armenia before or during the Armenian
Genocide of 1914-1923, as well as from their descendants and old song
In addition to performances throughout Armenia, Georgia, Russia, United Arab Emirates
Europe, and North America, the music of Harutyunyan’s Shoghaken
Ensemble has been heard as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s 2002 Silk Road Project,
and on the soundtrack of the film Ararat. In addition to her
work with Shoghaken Ensemble, Harutyunyan passes her cultural heritage
on to the next generation as director of the Hayrik Muradyan Children’s Traditional Song and Dance Ensemble.
2009 and 2010 Harutyunyan and Kitka toured together in California and
Armenia as part of Kitka’s Caucasus Connections Project.
Hasmik Harutyunyan’s first solo CD, Armenian Lullabies (Traditional
Crossroads, 2004), was praised in a New York Times review as ‘The best
Armenian recording worldwide.” This concert celebrates the release of Ororotsayin, Harutyunyan’s new book and CD anthology of 57 more historical Armenian lullabies, most never previously recorded.
Of her lifelong commitment to the art of the Armenian lullaby, Harutyunyan writes: ‘Lullabies
guide a person throughout their entire life. In the beginning, they are
sung to you, later, you are the one who sings… in this way, the
cosmic melody of love and affection continues forever.’
Hasmik Harutyunyan will be Kitka, Oakland’s trailblazing women’s vocal
arts ensemble. Inspired by traditional songs and vocal techniques from
Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Kitka has earned international recognition
for its distinctive sound, exploring a vast palette of ancient yet
contemporary-sounding vocal effects. Kitka’s commitment to presenting
traditional song as a living and evolving expressive art form has led to
adventurous collaborations with some of the world’s most exciting
indigenous musicians and contemporary composers ranging from Le Mystère
des Voix Bulgares to Meredith Monk. Currently celebrating its 40th
season, Kitka began as a grassroots group of amateur singers from
diverse ethnic and musical backgrounds who shared a passion for the
stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, intricate ornamentation, and
resonant strength of traditional Eastern European women’s vocal music.
Since its informal beginnings, the group has evolved into an
award-winning touring ensemble known for its artistry, versatility and
mastery of the demanding techniques of regional vocal styling, as well
as for its innovative explorations in new music for women’s voices. The
ensemble’s wide-ranging performance, teaching, and recording activities
have exposed millions to the haunting beauty of their unique repertoire.
In addition to the three Gorani: Love Songs to Lost Homelands concerts, Kitka will host three participatory public workshops with Hasmik Harutyunyan in which she will share traditional Armenian dances and songs.
Folk dance workshops will take place on Friday, October 4 at 7:30pm at Bethany Lutheran Church in Menlo Park, and on Tuesday, October 8 at 7pm at Monroe Hall in Santa Rosa.
On Saturday, October 12 at 2pm, Harutyunyan will present a vocal workshop focused on Armenian lullabies and love songs at Silk Road House in Berkeley.
concerts and workshops commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth
of the Armenian monk, composer, and folk song collector/preserver
Hasmik Hartutyunan’s Bay Area residency is supported, in part, by grants from WESTAF Tour West and the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program.
is a fun, engaging, and educational board book in Armenian about
Yerevan. Beautifully illustrated, it takes the reader through well-known
sites in Yerevan and showcases Armenian culture and history in a simple
and captivating manner. It exposes children to both the Armenian
language and the spirit of Armenia. This is a great introduction to
Yerevan for young children!
goal is to expose children to the Armenian language and help foster a
connection to Armenia at a young age. Since there are very few board
books in Armenia, this book is an ideal engagement tool for young