Tumo Center’s TmbaTa band to participate in 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival





TmbaTa, a youth folk rock band born from the music program of the Tumo Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan will leave for Washington to participate in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival with support from My Armenia project, a collaborative cultural sustainability and tourism program between USAID, Smithsonian Institution, and the people of Armenia.

The band will perform together with the Armenian Public Radio, a Los Angeles-based acoustic trio.

Led by Arik Grigoryan of The Bambir, TmbaTa performs original compositions based on traditional Armenian folk songs combined with rock and experimental music. The group is comprised of thirty teens who learn all stages of music creation including composition, performance, recording, mixing, and mastering.

“We present the Armenian avant-garde folk music and create our own songs, as well. TmbaTa stands out for its energy,” Christine Yeghiazaryan said in an interview with Public Radio of Armenia.

“The band will leave for the US on July 4 and will have four performances on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th of July. There can be no doubt that the band will best present the Armenian culture,” said Zara Budaghyan, Head of Communications at TumoCenter for Creative Technologies.

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