August 27 & 28, September 24 & 25
Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist and composer who studied at the Yerevan State Conservatory, Estonian Music Academy, Helsinki Jazz Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music. Ovespian has released five CDs with “Fresh Sound New Talent” label,independent releases of VOCE - Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble
(2006 and 2013), plus several duo/trio albums. Recent awards and publications include First Prize at the Achava Jazz Award (Erfurt, Germany - 2017), Chamber Music America Grant for New Jazz Works program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York, New York - 2017), and a release of Peter Erskine New Trio album In Praise of Shadows. Ovespian resides in Los Angeles.
Cellist Artyom Manukyan first made his name as a musician to watch in his native Armenia and traveled the world as the youngest member of the BBC World Music Award-winning Armenian Navy Band.
Manukyan feels equally at home on the stages of jazz clubs, concert halls and rock festivals; performing with major international artists including Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. fame and Grammy- winning Latin alternative rocker Draco Rosa,Natasha Bedingfield, scoring for film and television or leading his electro-jazz quartet. Manukyan currently lives in Los Angeles.
The sing-along featured classics from the Bee Gees, the Carpenters, Burt Bacharach, Barry Manilow, Al Green, Tom Jones, Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, The Captain and Tennille, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Sonny and Cher. We're sure you know them all!
Photo courtesy of Farah Sosa