Armenian-American oud player and composer Ara Dinkjian, founder of instrumental quartet Night Ark, will perform at the Jerusalem International Oud Festival's closing show this year. Performing along with Dinkjian at the concert will be Israeli musicians Zohar Parasko on percussion and Adi Renrat on piano.
The 2005 Jerusalem International Oud Festival, produced and managed by Confederation House
in the Yemin Moshe neighborhood, will be held this year between November 14th and 26th. The joint performance is based on Dinkjian's own compositions as well as traditional Armenian folksongs.
Dinkjian, 45, is an American-born Armenian who grew up listening to traditional Armenian music alongside American pop and jazz. His big break came in 1986 when RCA Records offered him a recording contract, prompting him to found Night Ark, which achieved great success in the music world and remains a symbol of original instrumental music combining Mediterranean melodies with jazz, pop, and classical music.
Israelis will recognize Dinkjian's work from Yoav Izhak's song "Ze HaZman Lisloach"; Dinkjian composed the melody.
Dinkjian, considered one of the world's best oud players, will perform at the International Oud Festival's final show on Saturday November 26, 2005 in Jerusalem.