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Yarus

by Mirage

A lively compilation of Armenian and Middle Eastern classics with contemporary arrangements.
Genre: World: Belly Dancing
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1. Acheret Siroon
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2. Karoun Karoun
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3. Amen Aravod
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4. Habibi
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5. Kanoun Taksim/Rompi Rompi
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6. Bobik Choor Mi Era
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7. Sareri Hovin Mernem
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8. Kharperti Tamzara
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9. Vart Siretzi
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Mirage is proud to announce that Yarus took first place at the 2004 JPF Independent Music Awards for Best New Middle Eastern Album!

Known for their lively arrangements of traditional Armenian, Greek, Arabic, Turkish and Egyptian songs, Mirage gives new energy and zest to old favorites!

Mirage is based in the Central California San Joaquin Valley area. The band has played informally in the Central Valley and the Bay Area for many years. Yet, it was not until recently that the name "Mirage" was taken to distinguish this group of very talented Armenian and Middle Eastern musicians.

Mirage is Jim Karagozian on Kanun, Eddie Karagozian on Doumbek, Michel Awad on Derbekki and Khatchig Jingirian on keyboards and vocals. Between them, Mirage has many years of individual musical experience from which to draw. Together, they skillfully enliven traditional folk music for a modern audience without diminishing its original charm. The result is a repertoire of songs appealing to a wide variety of listeners and dancers.

Mirage released their debut studio recording, Yarus, in March of 2002. Yarus is a compilation of traditional Armenian and Middle Eastern music with contemporary arrangements. Yarus highlights the diverse talents of Mirage members. Jim Karagozian plays both kanun and oud on certain selections. Khatchig Jingirian sings, produces a fabulous array of musical effects from his keyboard, and plays a variety of percussive instruments as well. Michel Awad adds his own unique Arabic stylings on derbekki, while Ed Karagozian holds the rhythm tight with his strong back beat on the doumbek.

By intertwining modern and popular influences with time-honored standards, Mirage achieves an eclectic mix of high-energy music. They project this energy in live performance as well as in the recording studio. Their considerable talent and dynamic approach to the music is what makes Mirage one of California's most exciting Middle Eastern bands.


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Saqqara

Wonderful, sexy, fun, happy, peppy, exciting Music
I love all the songs here, #2 is my favorite.

Latifa

This is a great CD!
I heard this band perform live last month at Rakkasah, really liked them, and was delighted to find their CD on CD Baby! I especially like the vocalist and the kanun player. Any plans for new releases??

G Munro

A Travellers comment
I appreciated this CD a lot! Reminded of my journeyd in the Middle East and Eastern Europe!

Valerie

Yarus
What has happened to Mirage?? Have they disappeared from the face of the Earth? I saw them perform in Fresno California a few years ago. They are great!!! I bought their Yarus cd at the outdoor show (in a parking lot of a shopping center) which, in my opinion, is an insult to the band but it was a warm day and the weather accentuated the band's performance. I since have had to replace Yarus as I gave my first copy to a friend. I really love this band's music style. Alas, I have heard no more of them. I cannot chose any particular song of Mirage that I like best, they are all so so so very good. I hope the band is still together. I would love to see them perform again...??? Thanks for the great music.

jameelanajla

excellent!
This is a GREAT album. Totally bellydance-able. really really really really good. EXCELLENT

MELITA

THE ABSOLUTE BEST.
THE WHOLE CD IS WONDERFULL. I EXPECIALLY LIKE TRACKS 3 & 6. I HAVE ABOUT A HUNDRED BELLY DANCE AND MIDDLE EASTERN CD'S AND THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST IN MUSIC AND VOCALS. VERY SWEET IN A GENRE THAT IS OFTEN HARSH IN TONE AND QUALITY.