Topic: Kef Music

FRESNO — One of the most promising young musicians in the realm of Armenian dance and folk music in the United States is a 21-year-old third-generation Armenian-American college student: Andrew Hagopian of Fresno. Andrew recently spoke[...]

BOSTON — By now, most readers of the Mirror-Spectator, particularly those who live in the Boston area have heard that oudist and singer Harry Minassian passed away this June. Amongst all the other bad news of the year 2020, the Armenian[...]

When I was living in Chicago I went to a restaurant one evening where a local Armenian band was playing. It was a typical “kef” lineup: oud, guitar, dumbeg, and clarinet. As the boys started to tune up, they were asked what number they[...]

By Harry A. Kezelian III Special to the Mirror-Spectator DETROIT — “That generation…” Stephan Karougian, the 80-something male soloist of St. John’s Armenian Church Komitas Choir in Detroit, was telling me about his parents, as I[...]

By Harry Kezelian Special to the Mirror-Spectator DETROIT — The last few years has seen a very interesting phenomenon in the Armenian music world – the growth of what might be called “modern Armenian folk music.” These new[...]