Artist: Armik (Guitar); Joe Vannelli (Piano)
Title Of Album: Piano NIghts
Date of Release: 04/20/2004
Label: Bolero Records
01. Piano Nights
02. Red Roses
04. Afternoon In Venice
05. Flames Of Passion
06. Fairytale Moon
07. Thinking Of You
08. Rossa Nova
09. Rainy Sundays
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Armik (born Armik Dashchi) is an Iranian-Armenian flamenco guitarist and composer.
Launching his solo career in 1994, Armik drew upon his jazz roots and flamenco passions to create a twist on the emerging Nuevo Flamenco sound. His compositions and performances cover an entire range of provocative melodies honed throughout his formative years to his delicate balancing of flamenco and classical guitar to the Latin and jazz influences that listeners hear in his music today. As a guitarist, he is one of the most adulated virtuosos of the Nuevo Flamenco genre, having attained this stature by virtue of his presence among Billboard Magazine's Top Ten New Age Artists of 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008.
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 on in the basement. Formal music lessons followed and Armik completed a rigid instructional regimen in just two years. At 12, he was a professional recording artist. 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 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2008 he was listed on Billboard Magazine's Top Ten New Age Artists. His releases have also "consistently reached Top Ten positions on Billboard's charts of top-selling new age music."