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November 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm EST$25
Levon was born in Beirut Lebanon in 1964 into a musically rich Armenian family. His father Edouard is a renowned Musical Director of Middle Eastern Artists. His Uncle, Professor Joseph Ichkhanian is the founder of the classical guitar program at the Beirut Conservatory of Music and Uncle Jacques was a master Flamenco guitarist. Levon’s cousin, Hovannes Darbinian, was the world’s leading scholar and performer of the Armenian Tar and choir master for the oldest cathedral in the world – Etchmiadzin, in Armenia.
Levon’s first professional performance was at the age of 13 in Toronto with pioneer modern Armenian singer Adiss Harmandian. Over the past 35+ years, Levon’s scope of knowledge has spanned over all areas of music – performing, composing, recording, touring, producing and music contracting/co-ordination in several genres including Jazz, World and Traditional music. He has performed at international events as the Beijing Olympics, Chet Atkins Musicians Days Festival, The International Guitar festival of Great Britain, Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD, Montreal Jazz Festival and The Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Ararat: Music of Armenia concert. He has worked with a diverse and multi cultural array of artists, including Ustad Zakir Hussain, Hariharan, Shankar Mahadevan, Loreena McKennitt, A.R. Rahman (Oscar winner from SLUM DOG MILLIONAIRE), Marvin Hamlisch, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John, David Foster, Sarah McLaughlin, Paul Anka, Donny and Marie, Chantal Kreviazuk, Brian Wilson (THE BEACH BOYS), Rufus Wainwright, Daniel Lanois (Producer for U2 & Neil Young), Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Jann Arden, Gustavo Santaolalla (Oscar winning composer from BABEL, BROKE BACK MOUNTAIN) and Atom Egoyan. Levon has performed for Bill Clinton and George Bush and on over 150 commercial recordings and soundtracks. He was the music coordinator and composer for the 2015 Men’s Handball Championship Ceremonies in Qatar and recipient of the Governor General of Canada’s acknowledgment for musical excellence. He has 2 CD releases; “after hours”, featuring Grammy award winners John Patitucci and Paquito D’Rivera, and “Travels” featuring Alain Caron. Contemporary jazz with world beat overtones aptly describes the music of the Armenian-Canadian multi-instrumentalist/composer.