Composer, singer-songwriter, lyricist, producer.
Likened to Salvador Dali meets Frank Zappa meets The Beatles meets Dick Dale meets Tim Burton meets “I’ve never heard anything like that before”, Raffi Joe Wartanian's fusion of music familiar and foreign reflects the baffling, beautiful, and bountiful textures that ignite life with magnificent mystery and draw from his travels to the world's most uplifting and demoralizing destinations. The melodies and lyrics of PUSHKIN STREET (2013) - named after Yerevan, Armenia's hub of progressive music - tell intimately absurd and absurdly intimate stories, demand justice for a fractured world, and sound like tunes one could dance or sing or drive or cook or swim or shower to. Purchase a limited edition hard copy CD via Amazon or CD Baby. Also on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Bandcamp, and more.
Eileen Khatchadourian is an award winning Lebanese-Armenian vocalist. For her sophomore release Titernig (2015), Wartanian wrote lyrics and music for the album's title track Titernig, and lyrics for the ballad I Wept. Recorded at I-Want Studios / Mastered at Abbey Road Studios / Produced by Sandro Mussida and Francesco Fabris.
Armenian School of Oud, a 3 Volume Textbook by Mihran Demirchyan (1950-2016). To review or download the textbook(s), visit https://oudarmenia.tumblr.com. Role: producer, editor, translator.
Ghazi Kurdstany: Live in Baltimore (2012). Ghazi, Ali, and Amina Ahmed hail from Kurdistan in northern Iraq. They have performed throughout their homeland and now in the city of Baltimore at the renowned Creative Alliance Theater and Baltimore Resettlement Center. Role: producer.
Before Justin Bieber. Before hipsters. There was LONGHOUSE (2000-2004). Once Dionysus, then Lenape Longhouse, and finally, the band that brought you the earth-shattering hit single MONTEZUMA and other dance hall favorites like SQUIRREL SONG, WHITE SAND BLACK SAND, and #2. Grab yourself a friendly helping of Charm City teenage dreamers once upon a Y2K...