John Bilezikjian, Master of Middle Eastern String Instrument, the Oud, at La Mirada Theatre
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Master oudist John Bilezikjian has elevated the oud, an ancient folk instrument of the Middle East to the concert stage. He has performed for 53 years on this ancient eleven stringed instrument. The oud’s Persian roots reach back 2,000 years. The fretless instrument is traditionally played with an eagle’s quill.
John toured with Leonard Cohen for several years and is featured on Cohen’s albums. He appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra. His numerous Film and TV credits include: Schindler’s List, _The Prince of Egypt _and The Postman Always Rings Twice to name a few. He has debuted original works written for him (Oud and String Quartet) at UCLA. He has been soloist with various symphonies around the world. He authored a book on Oud Methodology published by the Hal Leonard Company.
A violinist from the early age of 5 years old, John has appeared as soloist with the LA Philharmonic on the violin, oud, balalaika, and mandolin. He has performed on numerous CD’s and in concerts with Beverly Sills, Placido Domingo and Robert Palmer, to name just a few. In the world of Jewish and Sephardic music, John has made a name for himself performing with Theodore Bikel, Alberto Mzrahi, Judy Frankel, and Bonita Jaros. Musicians and performers will include special guests with the John Bilezikjian ensemble:
Helen Bilezikjian – vocalist
George Bilezikjian – Drums
Gregory Hosharian – Keyboard
Stuart Brotman – Bass
Edward Bilezikjian – Clarinet
John Bilezikjian – Oud
Edward Bilezikjian – Clarinet
Raymond Mangigian – Tenor Sax
Vaughn Vartanian – Bass Dumbeg
Harold Bazarian – Treble Dumbeg
Talia and the Oriental Jewels Dance Troupe and guest artists Julian & Alex Bilezikjian, both 7 years old, performing on dumbeg.