Live At The Modern Heritage Festival: Lena Chamamyan

By Millie

Syrian-Armenian singer Lena Chamamyan is a musical trailblazer who was able to demonstrate the abilities of eastern women everywhere to live their passion and achieve their goals as fully independent artists.

Her unique style blends traditional styles of eastern songs from the Arab world and Armenia with western classics, and merging traditional eastern instruments and harmonies with their western counterparts, all without compromising the music’s innate spirit and sense of improvisation, especially on stage.


This style is embodied in her first two albums, Hal Asmar El-Lon and Shamat, in which Lena collected traditional folkloric songs from the Levant and re-mixed them. She shows off her full range of musical skill in her third album Ghazal El-Banat to become one of the few eastern women who write, produce, play instruments, and sing.


Over her illustrious career, Lena lent her voice to a number of TV serials and dramatic works in Syria and abroad and participated in a large number of prestigious Arab and international music festivals. She also actively contributes to many cultural endeavors, such as the initiative to catalogueSyrian music and the TV program Douzana.


In recognition of her notable contributions, Lena was awarded the Cultural Resource Award in Egypt in 2006 to produce her debut album, the Radio Monte Carlo Middle East Award in 2006 as well. In 2008, Austrian media gave her a five-star rating as a world music singer and was selected by Arabian Business magazine as one of the 500 Most Influential People in the Arab World in 2011.


Through her music, Lena revives folkloric songs - especially Syrian ones - with modern styles and arrangements, creating a link between oriental classical music and contemporary world music.

Since she met Göksel Baktagir in 2013, Lena Chamamyan affected by his music, they lead their lyrics over some of his compositions. Thus new songs were born joining some of Lena's compositions on a new album, so-called «LAWNANA» (2 Colors). The written lyrics are in Arabic. As used in her previous albums, Lena offers to her audience a revisited Armenian folk song.


Lately, Lena is working on occidental with each of the composer and the pianist André Manoukian including a variety of languages: Arabic, Armenian, Syriac, French, and English.

Add to this international compositions artwork, Lena is leading some projects about revisiting the folk music in several Arabic countries.

Lena will be performing Live in Kuwait on the 23rd November at Al Shaheed Park.

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