Ethnic and Folk Music

Ara Topouzian & The Music of The Middle East

Ara Topouzian is an Armenian American musician whose proficiency on the kanun has made him a nationally recognized artist. The kanun is a traditional Middle Eastern lap harp with more than 76 strings. Topouzian is an artist and producer dedicated to recording and preserving world music. He has performed in concerts, music festivals and many celebrated venues across the United States with top musicians in the Middle Eastern music industry. Topouzian’s traditional musical style keeps to his Armenian heritage, but has expanded to include music from around the broader Middle East. In 2012, Topouzian received the Kresge Artist Fellowship in performing arts.

Availability: Year-round


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Program: 200-1000
Workshop: $200-$1000
Residency: $200-$1000
Length of Residency if Applicable: $200-$1000
Travel Expenses: Travel expenses charged if commute is more than two hours.


Ara Topouzian
6689 Orchard Lake Road #312
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Cell Phone: (248) 701-1107