Cornell’s Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble (CMEMME) is fortunate to have a highly regarded musican of Armenian heritage this semester.
Harold Hagopian is an Armenian-American violinist and record producer. He operates Traditional Crossroads record label out of New York. He has worked on reissuing diverse styles of Armenian music from Shoghaken Ensemble from Armenia, to original recordings of Gomidas Vartabed and his student the famous Armenag Shah-Mouradian, to the “Kef Time” albums of Richard Hagopian (Harold’s father.) Harold is an accomplished violinist, in the realms of classical music and also playing Armenian music, often with his father Richard on oud. He also plays the kanon and clarinet.
Cornell students can play in the ensemble as a one credit class. The ensemble is also open to the general community. CMEMME performs traditional Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Greek and other music from the Middle East (a.k.a. Near East). Ensemble rehearsals consist of learning and analyzing repertoire from the folk, popular, and classical genres, and several performances are given throughout the semester. Course materials include recordings, notation, and text transliteration. Instruments used by CMEME include voice, oud (lute), qanun (zither), nay (cane flute), keman (violin), tabla (goblet drum), riq (tambourine), and duf (frame drum), as well as Arabic accordion, Saxophone, clarinet, upright bass and cello.
More information here http://www.arts.cornell.edu/cmeme/