Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble has been presenting traditional Armenian music, dance, and culture since 1994.  Their concerts draw on classical, folkloric, and troubadour music from both eastern and western Armenia.  The ensemble received the National Gold Medal Award from the Republic of Armenia during their tour in 1999, won the award for Best Traditional Armenian Folk Music at the Armenian Music Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles in 2009.

The ensemble includes founder John Chookasian on clarinet, Barbara Chookasian on lead vocals, Hovanness Shabazyan on vocals, Valod Grigorian on kemenche (folk violin), John Tarpinian on oud (fretless lute), Norik Manoukian and Garen Sarkissian on shvi (piccolo folk flute), Hayk Nalbandyan on dumbeg (hand drum), Albert Vardanyan on duduk and zurna (folk flutes), and Vergine Alimian on kanun (lap harp), tarr (double-bodied lute), and saz (fretted lute).


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  • Steve S.

    The Freight seems ideal for having a pre-concert group meetup. The couch lounge area near the large potted plant, say at 7:45. Folks who are interested could re-congregate there at intermission and after the concert.
    Reading over some of our member profiles, it looks like we have a lot of very interesting people here who come from wide ranging backgrounds. It will be rewarding and fun to share as we meet and greet. I'm looking forward to the next event.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Sara T

    fantastic! I enjoyed myself to the most :)

    February 24, 2013

  • Steve S.

    Great group performance with exciting soloists and mutually supportive ensemble playing. They lifted my spirits to the roof.

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Sara T

    Can't find any of you guys

    February 23, 2013

  • Sara T

    Doors will be open at 7

    February 23, 2013

  • Alla

    Hi, where awe we meeting, and should we buy tickets beforehand?

    February 23, 2013

  • nieam

    Where r u guys meeting?

    February 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a cost to attend?

    February 3, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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