For six decades, Armenian oudist Richard Hagopian has played a critical role in preserving the folk and classical repertoire of Armenians from the Ottoman Empire-collecting tunes from his grandparents' generation, and passing on this musical heritage to his children, grandchildren, community, and greater public. Born in the Armenian enclave in Fresno, CA, he studied with masters from the old country, quickly learning hundreds folk songs from Anatolia. He's been honored with a Meet the Composer Grant, National Heritage Fellowship, recorded for Smithsonian Folkways and ARC Records, and taught master classes at prestigious universities. Here, he'll perform masterworks for the oud, including classical and folk, and will discuss his multifaceted career from performing in Hollywood to his 1960s Armenian Folk/Big Band to traditional Armenian dances (kefs).
"One of Armenia's most accomplished folk musicians" - New York Times
Presented by World Music Institute.
Part of WMI's Global Salon series - Extraordinary artists sharing their work and stories in an intimate, informal setting.