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Armen Chakmakian
 
Armen Chakmakian
     
Born in Glendale in 1966, Armen Chakmakian attended UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC, where he studied the history of Armenian music. He also studied jazz with John Novello, a world acclaimed music educator, and learned improvisation from keyboardist Chuck Wild of Missing Persons. Soon, he found himself embarking on a successful career in Hollywood, performing, composing and arranging for singer/songwriters with former band-members, Rick James' Stone City, Richard and Lorenzo Shaw.

Next up, Chakmakian formed his own jazz/fusion ensemble whose members graduated to stellar careers playing for hit-makers such as Shadowfax, Strunz & Farah, Kitaro, Jon Anderson(of Yes). In 1991, the break of lifetime occurred when Armen joined the Grammy-Award winning band, Shadowfaxas keyboardist. The following year, the album Esperantoco-written by Chakmakian was nominated for a Grammy as Best New Age Album of 1992. Recording, co-writing and touring with Shadowfax over the next five years helped shape his signature keyboard styling.

In 1998, Armen foundedTruArtRecords. Soon after, he released his debut solo album Ceremonies. He is also featured on the hit European compilation CD series Buddha-Bar I & IV, which have sold over 600,000 copies combined. Aside from being a solo artist, Armen enjoys playing in other groups and is currently performing with the prestigious Armen Folk Ensemble. Armen's track "A Time to Heal" was used by Martha Stewart for her public service announcement Children's Health Fund, and his southern rock tune "Love Way Down"  can be heard in Oscar-nominated film Tumbleweeds. The tune also appears on the soundtrack along with music legends Johnny Cash, Emmy Lou Harris, Lyle Lovett and Buck Owens.


Released works (Hermes Records):

Listen to sample(s) Ceremonies(HER010)
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  1. Ceremonies
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  3. Kiss and a sigh
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  5. Rain go away
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  7. Distant Lands
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  9. Enchantress
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