Armen Ra plays Dido’s Lament by Purcell on the theremin

Armen Ra wears girls clothes and plays the most sublime, vaguely Middle-Eastern Theremin music. I love his steez so much, he was my Halloween costume in 2009. And I’m still beating myself up for missing his act with Kembra Pfaler during the 2008 Whitney Biennial even though we were in the same building! Ugh! From Wikipedia:

Armen Ra is an American artist and performer of Iranian-Armenian descent. He taught himself to play Theremin, and is one of the best known players of the instrument alive today. His music fuses Armenian folk music with modern instrumentation, along with melodic lounge standards and classical arias. His concerts are known for their combination of both visual arts and his music…His debut solo CD, Plays The Theremin (released on Bowl & Fork Records in 2010), showcases many Classical Armenian laments and folk songs, representing both Armen’s Heritage and his very first musical influence.

Who wrote this wiki?! But yeah, Armen plz come back to NYC!

Squeee! Look what I’m doing on June 15th!

For one night only in San Francisco: a salon of ethereal music and musings hosted by master theremin player Armen RA, featuring acclaimed singer, pianist, and performance artist Jill Tracy, and fellow thereminist (and violinist and Coilhouse Magazine editor-in-chief) Meredith Yayanos.

Armen Ra is a world-renowned performer who has shared stages with the likes of Nick Cave, Current 93, Marc Almond, and Amanda Lepore, and the star of the recently released full-length documentary “When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin.

This exclusive DNA Lounge event will be Armen Ra’s only official Bay Area musical performance while his film screens at SF Indie Fest.

Advance discount tickets  for the June 15 concert are available thru the DNA Lounge website.


Massenet - “Meditation” from Thaïs
Armen Ra, theremin

Oh, dear. They say if you can dream it up, then it’s probably already on Youtube. Here thereminist/performance artist Armen Ra performs a rhythmically inexact but nonetheless haunting rendition of Massenet’s most famous number, followed by…well, something else. 

Happy birthday, Jules!  


Armen Ra