19 july: Santomieri Farhadian Duo (guitar/violin)

Santomieri-Farhadian Duo performs structured, free, and idiosyncratic improvisations for resonator guitar and violin, employing alternative tunings and preparations. These pieces present a wide expressive range, incorporating the edge of contemporary classical music with catchy rhythms, colorful timbres, and iridescent micro-tonalities. Our performance July 19 will present new musical structures and sounds, some of which draws on middle eastern tonalities and style.

Our short (30 min) set will begin the evening and be followed by the trio of gabby fluke-mogul, Jacob Felix Heule, and Kanoko Nishi-Smith – three Bay Area musicians who play freely improvised music.



“THRESHOLDS” 360° Audiovisual Installation Institute for Sound and Music Berlin in San Francisco!!!

Lara Sarkissian & Jemma Woolmore: “THRESHOLDS” 360° Audiovisual Installation Institute for Sound and Music Berlin

Exhibition Dates: Thursday July 25 – Saturday August 3

Location: San Francisco, Pier 70

Video Preview: https://vimeo.com/279839387

San Francisco based sound artist and composer Lara Sarkissian and video artist Jemma Woolmore approach the “ISM Hexadome” installation as a transsensorial space for storytelling on topics of territory, recognition, and memory. Lara Sarkissian’s work is an ambient electronic landscape referencing Armenian music, field recordings, and churches (both in their sonic and physical form). The musical score collages elements of voices, literature, Armenian hymns, and instruments, holding space for modern-day Armenian narratives tied to displacement, both past and present. Jemma Woolmore’s visuals explore the fragile boundary between utopia and dystopia. The Hexadome screens become a landscape to be navigated and divided, creating symbolic borders that are enforced, blurred, or dissolved throughout thework. As histories and regions are constantly rewritten or destroyed there is an urgency to produce counter-narratives and highlight cultural voices often left out. This installation is a celebration of resilience and space for these stories. 
Exhibition Viewings and Tickets:This installation is a part of the Gray Area Festival in San Francisco and individual tickets for the ISM Hexadome exhibition viewing are available for $20.Lara Sarkissian & Jemma Woolmore’s piece will be a part of the ‘Segment 1’ viewing. Tickets available here:https://grayareafestival.io/exhibition/

The ISM Hexadome installation was produced during an artist residency at ZKM Center for Art & Media Karlsruhe in 2018 in partnership with Institute for Sound & Music Berlin. The exhibition was premiered at Martin-Gropius Bau Museum in Berlin in April 2018.

Job Posting: Gift Officer

Gift Officer

American University of Armenia (AUA)

Department: Development

Classification: 12 Month Contract with Option to Extend

Full-Time: 40 hours per week

Location: Oakland, CA

Organizational Profile:

The American University of Armenia (AUA) http://www.aua.am is a private institution of higher learning located in Yerevan, Armenia. AUA is affiliated with the University of California and is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, #100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. Students are admitted from Armenia and internationally.

Founded in 1991 to provide American style graduate education, AUA also launched an undergraduate program in fall 2013. Currently it offers nine Master’s and five Bachelor’s degree programs. This academic year, AUA has approximately 500 graduate students and more than 1,400 undergraduate students. AUA includes several research centers, a vibrant Extension Program, and community outreach programs providing continuing education for adults and professional development throughout Armenia.

The American University of Armenia Corporation (AUAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with offices in Oakland and Glendale, California. AUAC provides academic and fiscal oversight to AUA’s operations and serves as the vehicle for philanthropic support of the enterprise. AUA revenues come from a combination of sources, including tuition, operations, endowment income, grants, and private philanthropy. AUA is committed to an admission policy that is merit-based and provides tuition support to students based upon need.

Position Purpose:

Reporting to the Director of Development, the Gift Officer will be responsible for managing and developing a portfolio of active and prospective donors to secure mid-level and major gifts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage a portfolio of 150-200 current and prospective donors through the solicitation cycle – qualification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Focus on converting high-level annual gift donors to major gift donors.
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with prospective donors through in-person meetings and strategic engagement initiatives.
  • Under the direction of the Director of Development, partner with the rest of the members of the development team to advance fundraising efforts of AUA.
  • Document all communications and interactions with donors by entering timely contact reports into the Bloomerang donor database.
  • Create a stewardship plan for donors and work the plan to retain donors and upgrade the giving levels.

Position Requirements:

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a preference for candidates who have advanced degrees.
  • Experience in development and face-to-face fundraising role, preferably in the higher education arena.
  • Ability to understand the needs and interests of donors in order to develop relationships between them and the University, and a keen understanding of the fundraising cycle: identifying, qualifying, soliciting and stewarding major gift donors.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrated writing and editing skills in the preparation of proposals, and in the drafting of related correspondence.
  • Strong relationship building skills and ability to build rapport with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Commitment to appropriate use of sensitive and confidential constituent data.
  • Excellent time management and follow-up skills.
  • Ability to work well under deadline and to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to establish and achieve quantified objectives.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to travel around the region and to other areas of the country.

Please send a cover letter and resume/cv to development@aua.am. The position will remain open until filled.

AUAC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.


Andrew O’Brien | Development AssistantTel: (510) 925-4282 | Fax: (510) 925-4283aobrien@aua.am 

1000 Broadway, Suite 280, Oakland, CA 94607


Theater: State of Denial




By Rahul Varma

Directed by Kimberly Ridgeway

June 7 to June 15

Sunnyvale Theater

550 E Remington Dr, Sunnyvale

Odette, a young filmmaker, travels to Turkey to investigate stories of genocide for an upcoming film. When she interviews Sahana, an elderly Muslim woman who has spent her life assisting survivors of the Armenian genocide, she learns a devastating secret that she resolves to share with the world at any cost, even if it means revealing her own shocking secret.

Varma’s work will not be easily forgotten, and it is an important exercise in raising awareness of the story of the Armenians in Turkey. This play humanizes this part of history, and shows us how, in the words of Sahana, “Hatred is an acid that will burn through its container.” —Chris Lane, Charlebois Post

The duration of the show is 120 minutes including an intermission. There will be a TalkBack with the playwright Rahul Varma after the shows on June 7, 8 and 9.

Advisable for ages 13+.

New book for children: Parev, Yerevan: An Armenian Children’s Book

Parev, Yerevan 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!

My 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 children.

Please visit my page at https://igg.me/at/parevyerevan to learn more about my campaign and pre-order your copy. Thank you!