Silence the Lies! Rock the Truth! IX Concert

Los Angeles, CA – As the Armenian Diaspora and human rights activists from around the world prepare for the 102nd Anniversary Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, Angelenos will join community artists to raise awareness of genocide prevention and education through the 9th annual Silence the Lies, Rock the Truth concert. The concert combines forces with the “Genocide 101” Educational Charitable event that took place last year.

 

“We find special meaning in working with the community to bring an artistic component to remembrance,” Kzirian added. Kzirian has served as Chairman of the AYF Central Executive in the Eastern United States and Executive Director and Chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region.

Silence the Lies, Rock the Truth! is a social justice concert dedicated to raising awareness of the Armenian Genocide.  For the past several years, socially conscious artists in the Los Angeles area have come together to work with the community through music, activism and commemoration. VI·ZA, The Dirty Diamond, Killikiah and Ayline will take the stage on April 23, 2017 at the Roxy Theatre as the arts will inspire the need for recognition and contrition through a uniquely powerful performance that will indeed Silence the Lies and Rock the Truth.

 

“As youth of the Armenian Diaspora, we are constantly engaging in meaningful ways to fight for human rights while maintaining ties to our homeland,” said AYF Youth Corps Representative Nazeli Khodabakhsh. “Silence the Lies, Rock the Truth is an opportunity for us commemorate through artistic expression, and helps provide the means for us to continue to play a role in the future of Armenia, through programs like AYF Youth Corps,” she added.

 

Various community organizations, including the Armenian Youth Federation – Western Region, Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region, and UCLA Alpha Gamma Alpha are teaming up with these artists to make for a high impact show.

 

“We’ve been organizing this concert for many years, and with each show we grow firmer in our resolve to stand up for what is right,” added K’noup Tomopoulos, singer of the band VI·ZA.

This year, proceeds from the concert will be donated to two needy organizational projects. The Armenian Youth Federation’s Youth Corps 6-week program provides a memorable and productive opportunity for youth to establish and strengthen ties with the homeland, consisting of 4 weeks of volunteer work and 2 weeks of touring. Beginning in 1994, volunteers first came to NKR to help rebuild war-torn villages after the cease-fire. In 2008, the AYF opened a summer camp in Gyumri, Armenia’s second largest city, and continued to empower Diaspora Armenians with more direct roles in nation-building. This is a chance for some to make a direct impact on the lives of Gyumri’s most impoverished children and families. More information is available at http://www.ayfyouthcorps.org/program.

 

The Orran Charity provides vital support and assistance to needy Armenian children in Yerevan. Established in 2000, Orran which means “haven” in Armenian, works to decrease the disparity between the needs of at-risk groups and the availability of essential services. Orran provides food services, academic assistance, cultural enrichment opportunities and medical, psychological and social services for vulnerable communities in central Yerevan. More information is available at http://www.orran.am/.

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The artists and organizations involved with this special concert would like to encourage everyone in the community to participate in an event that will provide incredible talent and entertainment, but will also benefit those in need.

For more information and tickets please visit http://silencethelies.com/

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Composing New Material for 2017

Los Angeles, CA – Coming off a successful show at the Roxy last month, VIZA is back in the studio channeling their artistic energy in writing sessions. After a hiatus taken in 2015 to allow members to work on individual projects, the band is active again, currently composing new material for 2017.

 

“As an artist, you are eager to create and explore, and getting back in the swing of things feels great,” said K’noup.

 

With vocals and a diverse array of instruments like the oud and duduk to combine with guitar, bass and drums, there are some exciting possibilities when it comes to both the core and potential artistic horizon of the band’s sound. Whether it’s VIZA’s bread and butter energetic style of pulsing percussion with exotic melodies or experimental ideas exploring the softer side of their art, the guys promise to keep things interesting with fans coming back for more.

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VIZA 2017 – Artwork by Denise T.

 

“We tried out one of our new songs at the last show called Cash Karma, and it felt great to play that live – that’s something we want to try more in the future,” Andrew added. “We are excited to work on a good amount of new material, with songs such as ‘A World of Broken Mirrors’ and ‘Velvet Shade’ on deck.”

 

After releasing several albums, performing at major festivals worldwide, joining System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian for two worldwide tours and supporting Gogol Bordello and Skindred, VIZA is looking to explore a new dimension in the new year. As a fixture of the Sunset club scene known for energetic and captivating live performances, VIZA is sure to deliver excitement in the form of shows and new songs in 2017.

VIZA rehearsal

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Duduk sings

Los Angeles, CA – VIZA is happy to announce that longtime member, duduk player Jivan Gasparyan, Jr. has rejoined the group and will be performing with the band at the acclaimed Roxy Theater on February 16, 2017. The duduk is a double reed instrument known as the signature wind sound of eastern Armenian culture, and played a role in adding a unique flavor to VIZA’s performances and recordings.
 
“I’m happy to be back performing with my brothers,” said Gasparyan. “We have many fond memories and built something special with the group, and I am excited to take the stage with them again here in LA,” he added.
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Consisting of the fretless 11 string oud and double reed wind duduk, VIZA presents a unique blend of rock elements fused with middle eastern rhythms. As a key cog in the Sunset club scene known for energetic and captivating live performances, VIZA promises to deliver a highly anticipated performance. 
 
After releasing several albums, performing at major festivals worldwide, joining System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian for two worldwide tours and supporting Gogol Bordello and Skindred, VIZA is looking to explore a new dimension in the new year. 
 
The band is excited for Gasparyan’s return. “We are happy that Jivan is back performing here, and can’t wait for the show. The different instruments of the group really make for a unique sound,” they said.
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VIZA returns!

Los Angeles, CA – After a hiatus, international rockers VIZA will be at the acclaimed Roxy Theater on February 16, 2017 to bring their unique brand of rock to the stage. Consisting of the fretless 11 string oud and double reed wind duduk, VIZA presents a unique blend of rock elements fused with middle eastern rhythms. As a key cog in the Sunset club scene known for energetic and captivating live performances, VIZA promises to deliver a highly anticipated performance.

“We are looking forward to performing next month,” said the band. “It’s one of our favorite venues, and the lineup will be a lot of fun.”

Often a platform for providing a showcasing opportunity for young artists from the local community, next month’s Viza concert features the artistry and skills of Tiffany Madadian, Avakian and Christopher Piliguian. “We are happy to share the stage with up and coming artists of our local community,” stated Viza’s members.

After releasing several albums, performing at major festivals worldwide, joining System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian for two worldwide tours and supporting Gogol Bordello and Skindred, Viza is looking to explore a new dimension in the new year. “Our sound and approach has matured, just as we have as a unit and as individuals. We’ve been writing some new material and trying out different things to explore our limits, and it’s been a lot of fun.”

All Ages – Doors 7:30pm
Ticketshttp://www.theroxy.com/event/1390037-viza-west-hollywood/

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Naive Melody

This is the second cover off our Kickstarter campaign, thanks to Raffi and Alice Tanielian for kickstarting this drifting Talking Heads ballad.

Purchase on iTunes and at CdBaby.

Written by the Talking Heads

Produced by Warren Huart

Engineered by Sam Martin
Mixed by Warren Huart
Mixing Assistant Sam Martin
Assistant Engineers David Schwerkolt, Connor Stobaugh, Nico Grossfeld, Jake Gable and Matt Emonson.

Recorded at Sunset Sound and Spitfire Studio.

Mixed at Spitfire Studio

Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering

Artwork by Mher Vahakn

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Feed the Need VI – Benefit Concert at the Troubadour – 11.26.14

Its that time of the year again where we get together for a night in which we all can make a difference in helping those in need during the holidays. Join us at the Troubadour on Wednesday, November 26th and help us, help them.

Proceeds will be going to the children of the Ronald McDonald House of Los Angeles – www.larmh.org

UPDATE: Tickets are no longer available online, they are however available for purchase at the door.

All Ages – Doors 7:30pm

Performing:
Viza – 11pm
Chameleon Conductor – 10:15pm
3 By Design – 9:30pm
We are Kings and Queens – 8:45pm
No Babies No Bullets – 8:00pm

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