10th Annual Armenian Music Awards

2004 Armenian Music Awards

May 22, 2004, The Henry Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, California
Produced by Peter Bahlawanian (AMFA)

  1. Best Male or Band Pop Retro Album
  2. Best Female Pop Retro Album
  3. Best Popular Album
  4. Best Modern Contemporary Album
  5. Best Original Contemporary Album The Stepan Lousikian Award
  6. Best Urban Pop Album
  7. Best Folk Ensemble Album
  8. Best Alternative Folk Album
  9. Best Contemporary Folk Album
  10. Best Vocal Traditional Album
  11. Best Male Vocalist
  12. Best Female Vocalist
  13. Best Newcomer
  14. Best Album Cover & Design
  15. Best Classical Album
  16. Best Choir / Chorus Album
  17. Best Dance Album
  18. Best Songwriter's Album Performed by Others
  19. Best Classical Vocal Album The Arpine Pehlivanian Award
  20. Best International Album
  21. Best Modern Instrumental Album
  22. Best Children's Album
  23. Best Traditional Instrumental Album
  24. Best Concert Video
  25. Best Music Video
  26. Best Rock Album

Best Male or Band Pop Retro Album

WINNER Aramo If Only (Yerani) Narek.com Records

Aramo - a master vocal stylist whose versatility has earned him great recognition in Armenia and US. Aramo's remarkable talents are on full display throughout If Only (Yerani), his latest release on the Narek.com label.

This latest collection succeeds his highly regarded 2000 debut, Black & White, which was a duet album with his wife Emma Petrosyan.

Maintaining his practice of recording songs that span many different stylistic genres, Aramo's new release offers Armenian folk tunes with urban-flavored grooves, soulful ballads, and jazz-inspired improvisations.

Best Male or Band Pop Retro AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Aramo If Only (Yerani) Narek.com Records
  • Vicken Tarpinian Genats: Une Selection Des Chansons Indy
  • Cascade Folk Trio Old Street Bandaz Records
  • Andre It's Me Chaterian World Music

Best Female Pop Retro Album

WINNER Anush & Inga Arshakyan Menk Enk Ays Sarere Saaz Productions

Arshakyan sisters' debut release after their successful series of concerts with The Theater of Song of Armenia tour in Glendale, California.

Best Female Pop Retro AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Hermine Toomanian Self-titled Pe-Ko Records
  • Gayane Serobian Ays Gisher Parseghian Records
  • Anush & Inga Arshakyan Menk Enk Ays Sarere Saaz Productions
  • Alla Levonyan Gnam Hasnem Indy
  • Varduhi Vardanyan Disarray Narek.com Records

Best Popular Album

WINNER Nune Yesayan Me... Prime Entertainment

It is not just the timbre of Nune Yesayan's voice. Her assured phrasing and precise time are more often found in older singers as well, but she is instantly recognizable without sounding like anyone but herself.

Best Popular AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Aram Asatryan Du Ashkhar Yekar Star Records
  • Silvi Karapneri Taguhi Parseghian Records
  • Edvin Tariner Heto Arm Melody
  • Nune Yesayan Me... Prime Entertainment
  • Armen Gone Gone Cinemaven Production

Best Modern Contemporary Album

WINNER Michael Poghosian The Same City Parseghian Records

Collection of songs dedicated to Yerevan.

Best Modern Contemporary AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Arsen Safaryan You Went By Narek.com Records
  • Michael Poghosian The Same City Parseghian Records
  • Hayko Again Parseghian Records
  • Anna Armenakian Black Cat Pe-Ko Records
  • Kristine Pepelyan Vor Hishes Mero Entertainment

Best Original Contemporary Album (The Stepan Lousikian Award)

WINNER Shushan Petrosyan Depi Yerkir Narek.com Records

Perfectly balanced repertoire combined with brilliant musical performance give Shushan the power to allure and capture listeners on her own terms...

Best Original Contemporary Album (The Stepan Lousikian Award)NOMINEES:

  • Shushan Petrosyan Depi Yerkir Narek.com Records
  • Margarita & Vladimir Barkhoian Sern E Mer Areve Hayrenik Ahha Enterprises
  • Anahit Manukyan Yes Ko Zavakn Em, Hayastan Parseghian Records
  • Arsen Grigoryan Batsir Achkerd Saaz Productions
  • Ellada Verch... Pe-Ko Records

Best Urban Pop Album

WINNER Ashot Azarian Kez Pahem Achkeris Mej Arm Melody

NOMINEES:

  • Ashot Azarian Kez Pahem Achkeris Mej Arm Melody
  • Rouben Hakhverdian Inch Imanayi Chaterian World Music
  • Garo Gaboudagian Chisht E... Skhalvel Em Pe-Ko Records
  • Freddy Ays Gisher Indy
  • Ella Tarunts Self-titled Benefice, Inc.

Best Folk Ensemble Album

WINNER The Shoghaken Ensemble Armenia Anthology Traditional Crossroads

An exploration of the rich tradition of Armenian folk music forged in the long historical shadow of Mt. Ararat - from Anatolia wedding dance to Transcaucasian lullaby, pagan ritual melody to bardic love song. The Shoghaken Ensemble is Armenia's preeminent group performing this music today, playing on traditional instruments in a lyrical style that captures the haunting beauty of one of the world's oldest musical legacies.

Best Folk Ensemble AlbumNOMINEES:

  • The Shoghaken Ensemble Armenia Anthology Traditional Crossroads
  • Chookasian Armenian Concert Ensemble Artsagankner 7/8 Music Productions
  • Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble Arev Indy
  • Khachatur Avetisyan In Memoriam: Vol.2 Narek.com Records
  • Dance Ensemble of Armenia Self-titled Parseghian Records

Best Alternative Folk Album

WINNER Vahan Artsruni Komitas - Ten Revelations Narekatsi Art Institute

Best Alternative Folk AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Vahan Artsruni Komitas - Ten Revelations Narekatsi Art Institute
  • Narekatsi Art Institute Bambir 1700 Anniversary Indy
  • Gor Mkhitarian Godfather Tom Pomegranate Music

Best Contemporary Folk Album

WINNER Lilit Pipoyan One Day of the City Indy

Alchemists were looking in vain for the way of transforming earth into gold. Listening to Lilit Pipoyan, one has the feeling that she has found the secret. Being all sad like earth, her songs are all radiant like gold and like sun. The radiance of her songs emanates from the sadness. It is like joy that emanates from everything when you are in love.

Best Contemporary Folk AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Vahe Someday I Will Return Somewhere Narek.com Records
  • Armen Movsisyan Crazy Song Indy
  • Lilit Pipoyan One Day of the City Indy

Best Vocal Traditional Album

WINNER Hrant & Gayane Hrant + Gayane Parseghian Records

First time ever! Armenian black teens on a set of Armenian songs.

Best Vocal Traditional AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Hermine Amiryan Gusanakan Goharner Arm Melody
  • Hovhannes Babakhanyan Kele-Kele Ara Music Land
  • Tovmas Poghosyan Siro Aghotk Indy
  • Hrant & Gayane Hrant + Gayane Parseghian Records
  • Razmik Baghdasaryan Mer Yerge Chaterian World Music

Best Male Vocalist

WINNER Ashot Azarian Kez Pahem Achkeris Mej Arm Melody

NOMINEES:

  • Ashot Azarian Kez Pahem Achkeris Mej Arm Melody
  • Aramo If Only (Yerani) Narek.com Records
  • Hayko Again Parseghian Records
  • Arsen Grigoryan Batsir Achkerd Saaz Productions
  • Arsen Safaryan You Went By Narek.com Records

Best Female Vocalist

WINNER Shushan Petrosyan Depi Yerkir Narek.com Records

Perfectly balanced repertoire combined with brilliant musical performance give Shushan the power to allure and capture listeners on her own terms...

Best Female VocalistNOMINEES:

  • Nune Yesayan Me... Prime Entertainment
  • Shushan Petrosyan Depi Yerkir Narek.com Records
  • Alla Levonyan Gnam Hasnem Indy
  • Varduhi Vardanyan Disarray Narek.com Records
  • Anahit Manukyan Yes Ko Zavakn Em, Hayastan Parseghian Records

Best Newcomer

WINNER Elin Avanesian Armenian Classic Romance Pe-Ko Records

Best NewcomerNOMINEES:

  • Arev Armenian Folk Ensemble Arev Indy
  • Margarita & Vladimir Barkhoian Sern E Mer Areve Hayrenik Ahha Enterprises
  • Anush & Inga Arshakyan Menk Enk Ays Sarere Saaz Productions
  • Duo Maestoso Aram Khachaturian Maestoso Productions
  • Elin Avanesian Armenian Classic Romance Pe-Ko Records

Best Album Cover & Design

WINNER Vahan Artsruni Komitas- Ten Revelations Narekatsi Art Institute

Best Album Cover & DesignNOMINEES:

  • Vahan Artsruni Komitas- Ten Revelations Art Institute
  • Narekatsi Art Institute Gor Mkhitarian Godfather Tom Pomegranate Music
  • Khachatur Avetisyan In Memoriam: Vol.2 Narek.com Records
  • Anna Armenakian Black Cat Pe-Ko Records
  • Vache Sharafyan On the Fortieth Day Traditional Crossroads

Best Classical Album

WINNER Kim Kashkashian Hayren ECM Records

According to composer/performer Tigran Mansurian, Hayren, the title given to this collection, is "the poetical style most beloved by Armenians, which has a tradition of centuries. It is dense with the phonetics and intonation of our language, and the Armenian landscape and aspects of Armenian world-view and sentiment are also present." Both Mansurian and Kim Kashkashian are Armenian, as was Komitas (1869-1935), a composer and ethnomusicologist who tirelessly preserved and disseminated Armenian musical culture until 1919, when he suffered a mental breakdown – probably as a consequence, at least in part, of the genocide of the Armenian people.

Best Classical AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Vache Sharafyan On the Fortieth Day Traditional Crossroads
  • Duo Maestoso Aram Khachaturian Maestoso Productions
  • Kim Kashkashian Hayren ECM Records
  • Anoush Khachoyan Contemplations by the C's Indy
  • Amarus String Quartet Touch the Soul Indy

Best Choir / Chorus Album

WINNER Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia Six Fables Pomegranate Music

In 2002, Hover performed the premiere of Choral Mystery, a work based on the fables of the Armenian Renaissance fabulist and monk Vardan Aigektsi (1170-1235). The fables were adopted for the stage by Yuri Sahakyan, set to music especially for Hover by Stepan Babatorosyan and performed under the direction of Mikayel Vatinyan and Arthur Manukyan at the Io Theatre. This unique, theatrical choral work represents a new synthesis of contemporary art forms. Like Babatorosyan's other works, Choral Mystery boldly deploys vocal, instrumental and dramatic forces on the broad canvas of the contemporary stage. The mystery unfolds in a cycle of lyrical images woven into an epic narrative of tragic and satirical characters, drawing upon the rich storehouse of Armenian folk traditions and musical art.

Best Choir / Chorus AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Speghani Youth Choir Self-titled Indy
  • Hover Chamber Choir of Armenia Six Fables Pomegranate Music
  • Shoghakn Chorus Tsar Kenats Indy

Best Dance Album

WINNER Sako Echo Me Productions

Sako with his newest album is bound to thrill fans once again with these amazing collection of songs and a whole new arrangements of sounds. The album is a compilation of upbeat and melodic tunes.

Best Dance AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Sako Echo Me Productions
  • Olga Ayvazyan Kanchum Em Kez Parseghian Records
  • Armine Nahapetyan Andzrev Parseghian Records
  • Lina Take Me Away Narek.com Records

Best Songwriter's Album Performed by Others

WINNER Krist Manaryan The Starry Night Songbook Narek.com Records

His songs are known and loved by many. His name is mostly unknown. Krist Manaryan's songbook is essential addition to any Armenian pop music collection. Fifteen tracks feature stars of the Armenian contemporary vocal: Michael Poghosian, Zaruhi Babayan, Shushan Petrosyan, Gohar Gevorgian, Aramo, Emma Petrosian, Tigran Petrosyan, Arthur Ispirian, Naira Ter-Karapetyan, Alya Sedrakyan, Silvi, Anna Armenakyan. The New Year (Amanor) is a group song performed by Arthur Ispirian, Alla Levonyan, Anna Armenakyan, Suzan Markaryan, Hayko, Ashot Ghazarian, Radik Gabrielian, Hasmik Karapetian, Sirusho, Varduhi Vardanyan (Tutush), Emmy, Nadejda Sargsyan. The Artist's Song duet is dedicated to Khoren Abrahamyan and performed by Arthur Ispirian and Khoren Abrahamyan. Get yourself into a true Yerevanian mood.

Best Songwriter's Album Performed by OthersNOMINEES:

  • Souren Kniazian Love Songs Parseghian Records
  • Marine Ales Shushan Sings Marine Ales: Reflections Narek.com Records
  • Krist Manaryan The Starry Night Songbook Narek.com Records
  • Marine Gyulumian Song is My Love Parseghian Records

Best Classical Vocal Album The Arpine Pehlivanian Award

WINNER Anna Malian Armenia Indy

NOMINEES:

  • Hilda Avanesian Songs Dear to My Heart Pe-Ko Records
  • Anna Malian Armenia Indy
  • Elin Avanesian Armenian Classic Romance Pe-Ko Records

Best International Album

WINNER Andy Platinum Cherokee

Andy strikes back with Platinum, featuring two songs from motion picture House of Sand & Fog.

Best International AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Zhanna Limonchiki Benefice, Inc.
  • Andy Platinum Cherokee
  • Mister X Your Eyes Parseghian Records
  • Karnig International Indy
  • Mister X Live in Concert Mero Entertainment

Best Modern Instrumental Album

WINNER Hovik Hovhannisyan Sweet Cello by Hovik Ahha Enterprises

Best Modern Instrumental AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Karo Sarafian Short Stories Eye Records
  • Sarkis Canciones Y Danzas De America Latina Indy
  • Giro Saxy Fantasies Pe-Ko Records
  • Hovik Hovhannisyan Sweet Cello by Hovik Ahha Enterprises
  • Doug Shimmin Zamperla American Recording Productions

Best Children's Album

WINNER Alexan Menakian Children's Songs Indy

Pursuing its mission of discovering, collecting, recording, publishing, and disseminating Armenian music, the Hamazkayin Music Committee has published several CDs. Its latest project, a series of CDs of children’s songs, begins with this release. The songs are interpreted by professionally trained Tatev Children’s Choir of Armenia and conducted by Artistic Director Vachagan Navassardian. Thus, Alexan Menakian, whose works are featured on the present CD, has composed children’s songs, taught children to sing, and directed children’s choirs.

Best Children's AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Alexan Menakian Children's Songs Indy
  • Taline Ourakh Or Taline Productions
  • Various Patilner: Children's Songs Parseghian Records
  • Hermine Toomanian Children's Songs Vol. 2 Indy
  • Nvair and Friends Donadzar Indy
  • Avedis Nazarian Children's Songs Indy

Best Traditional Instrumental Album

WINNER Rouben Haroutunian Ziranapogh: Armenian Duduk Garni Records

Haroutunian's first solo effort. The present album is a departure from the "Winds of Passion" model.

Best Traditional Instrumental AlbumNOMINEES:

  • Jivan Gasparian Trio Horovel Parseghian Records
  • Norair Davtyan Kamancha - Favorite Melodies Narek.com Records
  • Rouben Haroutunian Ziranapogh: Armenian Duduk Garni Records
  • Yeghish Manoukian Illumination American Recording Productions
  • Antranig Kzarian & Barrett Yeritsian History: Vol.1 Indy

Best Concert Video

WINNER Nune Yesayan NY for NY Prime Entertainment

Unprecedented. "This was the world that echoed around the globe" as Armenians described Nune Yesayan's musical stage production NY for NY. Armenian and the Armenian Diaspora had not seen a show as grand, as complex, as colorful and as entertaining as Nune's two concerts at the Hamalir Stadium in Yerevan, Armenia, on May 24 and 25 of 2002. Weaving through Nune's repertoire of Armenian folk songs is the story of a modern-day heroine - a woman forced to take up arms when barbarous enemies attack her people and threaten their freedom. Surrounded by more than 150 actors, dancers and singers, Nune and Armenia's most talented performers create a world of magic, music, dance and drama. Also included Nune's best music videos.

Best Concert VideoNOMINEES:

  • Sako In Concert at the Alex Theater Me Productions
  • Aram Asatryan Aram Asatryan & Friends: 50 Golden Years Star Records
  • Nune Yesayan NY for NY Prime Entertainment
  • Theatre of Song of Armenia Sounds of Armenia Saaz Productions
  • Tata Live Parseghian Records

Best Music Video

WINNER Christine Pepelyan Ser Im Yeraz Dir: Martin Mirzoyan

Best Music VideoNOMINEES:

  • Christine Pepelyan Ser Im Yeraz Dir: Martin Mirzoyan
  • Anna Armenakian Hayrenikis Dir: Arthur Vartanyan
  • Goga First of All Dir: David Sahakyan
  • Armen Gone Gone Dir: Levon Kosoyan
  • Tigran Asatryan Louysabak Dir: Hrant Movsesyan

Best Rock Album

WINNER The Unknown Project Self-titled Indy

NOMINEES:

  • DeToxx Self-titled Me Productions
  • Red Snow Showtime Motel Indy
  • The Unknown Project Self-titled Indy
  • Beat & Path Self-titled Indy
  • Best Original Song WINNER Aramo If Only from the album If Only (Yerani) M&L: Stepan Lousikian

NOMINEES:

  • Nune Dzyan Yerge from the album Me... M&L: Edgar Gyanjumyan
  • Aramo If Only from the album If Only (Yerani) M&L: Stepan Lousikian
  • Anahit Manukyan Yerevan from the album Yes Ko Zavakn Em, Hayastan M&L: Robert Amirkhanyan
  • Shushan Petrosyan With the Wings of Dream from the album Shushan Sings Marine Ales: Reflections M&L: Marine Ales
  • Arsen Grigoryan Apri Misht Parz from the album Batsir Achkerd M&L: Arsen Grigoryan
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