Jag Bambir, one of Armenia’s most beloved musicians, is an early pioneer of the rock and roll movement in the former Soviet Union. In this piece, Raffi Meneshian reviews a recent concert Jag gave in Gyumri in April where he presented his latest creation – Treaton.
In the traditional Diaspora narrative, American-Armenian, Syrian-Armenian and many other options exist, but Russian-Armenian has never been on the list according to journalist Grigor Atanesian who was born and raised in Saint Petersburg. He says that you’re either Russian or Armenian. "Visiting Armenia, we were the Russian kids who found love in a hopeless place," he writes.
What is New Music and why is it not thriving in Armenia? According to composer and musician Artur Avanesov, New Music is a vibrant conglomerate of ideas and solutions, a vast network of communications, pretty much like a modern metropolis; it pushes boundaries and is a search for new sounds and forms.