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Armenian Culture, Science and Education Development Foundation

Lena Shamamyan to Perform in Turkey

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Syrian singer of Armenian descent Lena Chamamyan, one of the most popular performers in the Middle East, will take the stage in Istanbul as part of the 6th Avea concerts.
The young singer blends jazz and traditional Armenian music, and will perform at the Istanbul Congress Center on May 15.

Born in Damascus, Chamamyan’s father’s family was originally from Turkey’s southern province of Kahramanmaraş and her mother’s was from the eastern province of Mardin. After the civil war broke out in Syria, she moved to Paris, where she still lives. After graduating from the Faculty of Business in 2002, she studied eastern classical song at the Aleppo Conservatory, but also ventured into jazz and traditional Armenian music styles.
On her first album “Hal Asmar Ellon,” which reflects her style of oriental music mixed with elements of jazz, Chamamyan collaborated with the Aleppo-born instrumentalist and trumpet player Basel Rajoub.
In 2006, Chamamyan and Rajoub were declared winners of the first Radio Monte Carlo Moyen-Orient Music Award at the Al Hussein Cultural Centre in Amman, Jordan. In 2007, Chamamyan launched her new album, “Shamat” in Damascus. She released her third album “Ghazal El-Banat” in 2013.

 

 

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