Armik

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Armik
Birth name Armik Dashchi
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1991–present
Labels Bolero Records
Website www.armik.com

Armik (born Armik Dashchi[1]) is an Iranian-Armenian flamenco guitarist and composer.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Armik was born in Iran of Armenian descent. When he was just seven years old, he pawned his watch for a classical guitar, which he hid and practiced in his basement. At 12, he was a professional recording artist.[citation needed] While his early career focused mostly on jazz, Armik discovered the beauty and passion of flamenco while visiting Spain during the 1970s, where he saw Paco de Lucia perform.

Launching his solo career in 1994, Armik drew upon his jazz and flamenco influences to create a twist on the emerging Nuevo Flamenco sound. As a guitarist, he is one of the most adulated virtuosos of the Nuevo Flamenco genre, having appeared in Billboard Magazine's Top Ten New Age Artists in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 And 2010.[3]

While his early career focused mostly on jazz, Armik discovered the beauty and passion of Flamenco while visiting Spain during the 1970s when he saw the legendary Paco de Lucia perform. Driven by a fire for the tradition that has defined his musical life ever since, the young musician immediately switched from his Jazz guitar for an in-depth journey to the heart of Spanish music. In 1981 Armik moved to Los Angeles to pursue this new direction, playing with other artists live and in the studio. By 1994 he released his solo debut album RAIN DANCER, a critical and commercial success that he followed with 1995's GYPSY FLAME (GOLD in Australia). At this point, Armik's reputation as a professional recording artist of Nuevo flamenco was such that expert Spanish luthier Pedro Maldonado created an instrument for him, the Rubia; Armik's 1996 album was recorded with, and named after it. The following year saw the release of MALAGA, and his fifth album, ISLA DEL SOL, appeared in 1999, followed by ROSAS DEL AMOR in the spring of 2001. Armik, the internationally renowned Nuevo flamenco guitarist/composer/producer continues to blaze his guitar virtuosity around the world as the owner of the Bolero Records imprint, which was established in 2002. Since its inception, all of Armik's recordings have charted above the top ten rung on the Billboard New Age ladder of success.

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

  • Rain Dancer (1994)
  • Gypsy Flame (1995)
  • Rubia (1996)
  • Malaga (1997)
  • Isla del Sol (1999)
  • Rosas del Amor (2001)
  • Lost in Paradise (2002)
  • Amor de Guitarra (2003)
  • Piano Nights (2004)
  • Romantic Dreams (2004)
  • Treasures (2004)
  • Cafe Romantico (2004)
  • Mar de Sueños (2005)
  • Mi Pasión (2006)
  • Christmas Wishes (2006)
  • Guitarrista (2007)
  • A Day in Brazil (2008)
  • Barcelona (2008)
  • Serenata (2009)
  • Besos (2010)
  • Casa De Amor (2012)
  • Reflections (2012)
  • Flames of Love (2013)
  • Alegra (2013)
  • Romantic Spanish Guitar, Volume 1 (2014)

Compilations[edit]

  • The Best of Armik (2003)
  • Desires: The Romantic Collection (2006)
  • Fuego Gitana: The Nuevo Flamenco Collection (2008)
  • Greatest Hits (2014)

Other Compilation Appearances[edit]

  • Gypsy Passion: New Flamenco (1997) (Narada)
  • Obsession: New Flamenco Romance (1999) (Narada)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 1 (2000) (Baja Records)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 2 (2002) (Baja Records)
  • Bolero Gypsies: New Flamenco, Volume 1 (2005) (Bolero Records)
  • Bolero Gypsies: New Flamenco, Volume 2 (2006) (Bolero Records)
  • Gypsy Spice: Best of New Flamenco (2009) (Baja Records)
  • Guitar Greats: The Best of New Flamenco, Volume 3 (2013) (Baja Records)

Content[edit]

Biography[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Armik Biography". Retrieved 2008-08-24. 
  2. ^ "Armik's biography". Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Armik". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-07-04. 
  4. ^ *Bolero Records, 03-10-2009

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