Element Band to Perform at Ford Theatres on September 16


LOS ANGELES – Element Band returns to the revitalized Ford Theatres on Sunday, September 16 at 7:30 p.m., showcasing their distinctive arrangements of traditional Armenian songs infused with large bodied vocals and cool instrumentals as they perform music from their new album, titled “É.”

Element Band is part of the Ford’s first full five-month season since 2013, following the completion of a nearly three-year renovation of this iconic venue nestled in the Cahuenga Pass.

“For the past 14 years Element Band has been dedicated to continuing the tradition of Armenian music and bringing that tradition to new audiences around the globe. É is the band’s most intricate work to date. We’re very excited to present this work at Ford Theatres, one of our favorite venues in Southern California,” said Element Band director Ara Dabandjian.

In a digital first for the ensemble, Element Band launched their new album online in April through Indiegogo, a community fundraising platform, which garnered support from the band’s worldwide community of fans and made them a part of the new album’s creation process by helping sponsor production costs.

Element Band’s global soundscape has led them to grace the stages of some of the finest venues around the globe, including Los Angeles favorites such as the Hollywood Bowl, Nokia Theater, Kodak Theater, Ford Theatres, Starlight Bowl and Skirball Cultural Center.

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Element Band’s unique style of world music brings an innovative edge to musical traditions while performing contemporary compositions with eloquent arrangements and instrumentation. Dabandjian’s trademark arrangements and instrumentations, paired with Soseh Aramouni’s hypnotic vocals, create a rare chemistry. In addition to Dabandjian and Aramouni, Element Band’s musical ensemble includes vocalist Natalie Avunjian, Shant Mahserejian on violin, Aragas Abramian on guitar, Armen Manavazyan, the band’s contrabassist, and Vinny Mezian on drums and percussion. The band is rounded out by a gifted dyad of musical guests including Artyom Manukyan on cello, Mahsa Ghasemi, also on cello, Ando Harutyunyan on drums and percussion, and Vahan Bznuni on piano and keyboards.

“We have toured the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East. But still, we have a lot of work to do. The impact we have had on the youth gives us the vim to move forward, to keep rising, to transcend far beyond where we are today and to crossover,” added Dabandjian.

Ticket prices start at $36. For information visit FordTheatres.org.



Topics: Concert, Music
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