In a formal announcement made this week, Pianist/composer Armen Nalbandian, in conjunction with his label Blacksmith Brother Music/Noise Boutique, has officially announced his return as Musical Director/Resident Artist of the Fresno Art Museum for his fourth and final season. Since 2004, Nalbandian has curated the museum's Rhythms of Art" concert series.
The Rhythms of Art is a highly original and innovative program that highlights the museum's exhibited art through original compositions and improvisations by Nalbandian and his guet musicians. Over the past three concert seasons, the program has presented over 110 musicians, 7 benefit concerts, 36 concerts and premiered over 275 original compositions.
Nalbandian's 2007-2008 R.O.A. season will feature 6 concerts of original music in a period from September 2007 to July 2008. Four of the 6 concerts will feature original music inspired by the art, and the remaining two scheduled concerts will showcase additional music from Armen Nalbandian as well as various collaborative meetings. These collaborative meetings, it was announced, will feature some of the world's most important living musicians in a duet format with Nalbandian. Nalbandian stated that the full concert season will be announced in the first week of September.
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