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!
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.
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.