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Finding Songs

by Ara Dinkjian Quartet

Ara Dinkjian proudly introduces his new quartet with a program of twelve new compositions. As in his previous projects (including his groundbreaking group Night Ark and his live recording An Armenian In America) the music blends his Anatolian and American roots. Not content with the title of composer, Dinkjian prefers to think of himself as a song finder.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dancing Girls
3:57 $0.99
2. My Dark Place
4:57 $0.99
3. In the Midst
4:47 $0.99
4. For Alexis
3:45 $0.99
5. Semi Semai
7:04 $0.99
6. Hicaz Longa
4:18 $0.99
7. Manol's Journey
4:41 $0.99
8. Dance Around the Flames
5:37 $0.99
9. Common Creed
3:02 $0.99
10. Kalamatiano
4:42 $0.99
11. The Color of Water
5:26 $0.99
12. In Wolf's Clothing
4:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
My most treasured musical moments are when a song first comes to my mind. Like beautiful dreams, I never know when they will appear. The best songs present themselves fully formed, as if they had always existed. In that way, I feel I am not a composer or creator, but rather a song “finder.”

1) Dancing Girls – Anatolia meets New York. I took the title from a drum program on my synthesizer.

2) My Dark Place – That lonely, private, human place in us all.

3) In The Midst – This piece is an example of how music can be a blessing. Expressing a problem through music can actually solve the problem.

4) For Alexis – This was written as a challenging exercise for one of my students. Her favorite makam is Karcığar, and her favorite time signature is 9/8.

5) Semi Semai – The repertoire of classic saz semais continues to be a great source of musical knowledge and inspiration for countless musicians, composers and students. Although I have remained faithful to the form, my liberal treatment of makam with western harmony make this a semi semai.

6) Hicaz Longa – While certainly not written in the strict longa form, it does nonetheless retain the spirit.

7) Manol’s Journey – Emmanuel Venios (1838-1914), known as Manol, was considered the Stradivarius of oud makers. This piece is dedicated to Jack Tatarian, from whom I acquired an amazing 1907 Manol oud. I have always wished these antique instruments could tell us their story.

8) Dance Around The Flames – This piece was written as an assignment for a composition class while attending Hartt College of Music. Upon hearing it, my professor hated it so much he suggested I “set it on fire, and dance around the flames!”

9) Common Creed –This piece was inspired by the monophonic hymns of the Armenian Church, such as Pant Asdavadz, Park Ee Partzoons, Havadamk, etc. In my admittedly unrealistic dream world, all of humanity sings this one song, together.

10) Kalamatiano – Greece has played an important role in my musical career. Indeed, this CD features three of Greece’s finest musicians, and was recorded in Athens.

11) The Color Of Water – This piece was inspired by James McBride’s book of the same name, in which a child asks his mother, “What color is God?” Her reply, “God is the color of water.”

12) In Wolf’s Clothing – My son’s name, Kyle, means “wolf” in Armenian. There is an English expression, “Be weary of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.” My son is a sheep in wolf’s clothing.



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