Metro is thrilled to host Lebanese Armenian artist GURUMIRAN for the premiere of his short documentary, in collaboration with Red Bull Music, titled “Gurumiran to Yerevan” – The story of Gurumiran’s first visit to his native Armenia, exploring his musical heritage and rediscovering his roots.
The screening will be followed by a live music concert, where Gurumiran presents new material from his upcoming release in addition to his classics. Join him afterwards for a drink and a signing session of the limited vinyl edition of Aberrance, which contains the newly released single of Man Who Sold Eldunya (2018) – his own tribute in Lebanese to David Bowie (You can stream it on Anghami https://play.anghami.com/song/32329447)
“Une musique unique qui déploie ses multiples facettes dans la retenue et l’explosion au cœur de la voix grave de Gurumiran, et s’il faut toujours cataloguer la musique, de son électro-rock, nerveux, bondissant et planant tout à la fois.” – Agenda Culturel (Beyrouth)
“Électro-rock arabesque et sons arméniens proéminents. Gurumiran présente un concert résonnant entre guitare électrique, voix à la David Bowie et paysages électroniques futuristes.” – Onorient (Paris)
If you’re familiar with Miran’s previous releases as Pindoll (Twisted Times, 2013) and Blend (Act One 2003), or as a producer and songwriter with Eileen Khatachadourian (Midan, 2009) and Tania Saleh (Wehde, 2011), the guitar work on his debut solo album, Aberrance – atmospheric, effects-heavy bursts that flit in and out of the songs with subtlety and skill – won’t be any surprise to you. What might be, though, is the mixture of other influences, from dark Eighties synth-pop (think Black Celebration-era Depeche Mode), through the theatrical vocals of David Bowie and Nick Cave, to glitch rock. All of which is blended together on a record that’s highly engaging, slightly disturbing and intensely personal.
However, what sets apart Gurumiran’s music from the rest of the electro-rock acts around the world is the distinct arabesque and Armenian sounds prominent not only in his compositions, but also in his guitar playing and technique. There’s rarely a musical passage on Gurumiran’s record that doesn’t bring in an instantly recognizable ‘Oriental’ sound, whether in the way he mimics a duduk, oud, or saz on his guitar, or the groove arrangements often making use of tablas, req, katem, daholla, etc. that blend in with the electronic soundscapes reminiscent of Radiohead and New Order.
For more about the artist: www.gurumiran.com
CD And LP are on sale at Metro Al Madina
Doors open: 8:30 PM
Screening and QA: 9:00 PM
Concert Starts : 9:30 PM
Ticket: 30.000 L.L.