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"CHOOKASIAN ARMENIAN CONCERT ENSEMBLE
IMA 1st Place Winner as "Best Trad. World Music Album!"
The multiple award-winning, Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble is the only group of its kind, worldwide, which specifically presents the full spectrum of ancient, traditional Armenian music in both the Eastern and Western Armenian musical styles for all "World Music Lovers," promoters, agents and sponsor's event venues.
The 8-15 conservatory graduate musicians of the 'Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble,' with their dynamic executions of rarely-heard and unique traditional Armenian musical selections; presented on traditional instruments indigenous to the Armenians for thousands of years, has consistently ushered audiences of every ethnic group through the portals of old-world Armenian music in many concert & festival venues.
The Ensemble’s bevy of musical virtuosos are each an incomparable master on his/her own native instrument.
The unique instruments used by the Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble have become popular in current movie and television productions. The ‘duduk’ (Armenian folk flute) seems to have become the new instrumental rage for film and video industry composers. Many of our artists have played on the sound tracks of a good number of major motion pictures in the U.S. and Canada.
The Chookasian Ensemble draws from the age-old, historical troubadour music, prevalent for centuries throughout the Armenian national homeland. The group also presents instrumental selections from the 17th to 20th centuries, as well as energetically executing folk dance tunes, danced to by the Armenians for millennia and carried by the Armenian immigrants from their native soil to the Diaspora.
Through the congenial talents of John and Barbara Chookasian, who are professional, seasoned educators as well as skilled musicians and leaders of the group, the Ensemble has developed a fine reputation for high adaptability, tailoring concerts to fit audiences of all age groups and levels. With their engaging comments and explanations prior to each selection, the Chookasian's masterfully draw their audiences in to each performance. The artists and the audiences join together, and become a part and parcel of the same stirring musical experience.
Patrons have demonstrated their thorough enjoyment of the Ensemble’s performances by their rousing applause, their smiling faces, their positive commentary, and their repeated attendance at Chookasian Ensemble's events.
President Robert Kocharian, personally invited the Chookasian Ensemble to tour Armenia for one month. At their last concert, held in the Grand Philharmonic Concert Hall in Yerevan, Armenia the Ensemble became the exclusive recipient of the “National Gold Medal Award” of Armenia.
Mission: Through the vehicle of concerts, presentations, and CD recordings, the 'Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble' is realizing its global commitment to preserve, promote and popularize traditional Armenian folk music in its unchanged form, using the original, old-world folk instruments played by the Armenians over the ages.