Bayou City Music and Film Festival: Armen Ra in performance
The mesmerizing style of Persian-Armenian theremin virtuoso Armen Ra has garnered the admiration of fans on multiple continents. He is considered one of the finest thereminists in the world today.
Intrigued by this strange and one-of-a-kind instrument Ra began to study the theremin in 2001. His debut performance came later that year when he shared the stage with the orchestral group Antony and The Johnsons in New York City. Soon afterward, Ra's well attended solo concert at The Gershwin Hotel was covered by CNN.
His debut solo CD, Plays The Theremin, was released on Bowl and Fork Records in the summer of 2010. It showcases many classical Armenian laments and folk songs, representing both Ra's heritage and his first musical influences.