Monthly Archive: September 2016

Expressions East

One of the musicians at the recording session stated “There are oud players and there are John Berberian s.” The oud is a pot-bellied instrument like that of a round back mandolin. It is...

The Oud

The original name of the Oud was “Al-Oud”. In time, the prefix “Al” was dropped, and the instrument became known as the OUD or ’UD. Later, the combination of “Al-Oud” became “Lute”. Archeological discoveries...


“Let’s Dance Armenian Style” could have been the title of this album. The tempos of the familiar Armenian and Turkish songs have never before been recorded with such enthusiasm and danceability. “Kef Time Las Vegas” was chosen because Las Vegas was the site of the recording session and because the artists involved have been performing there.