Growing up with jazz and classical music, Viken Arman draws influence from a very versatile music background from Keith Jarrett, Erik Satie, Bill Evans, Jay Dilla, Ricardo Villalobos to the Arabic diva Oum Khalthoum. His knowledge of piano as well as his time at the music conservatory contributed to his wide musical culture knowledge. As an artist, Viken is really close to this roots & history. “Never forget, never, but stay turned towards the future, rebuild yourself and go forward” he said regarding TIME, the 100 mns musical creation he composed for the 100th year anniversary of the Armenian genocide. When he’s not making music, Viken focuses his energy to support and nurture this particular and rich music scene even further. He founded Denature Records which, as he describes it, is more than just a label but more of a family of artists. He also pledged to support young and upcoming talents from around the world as well as organizing his own events with the SOUQ Festival. His music is engrained with ethnical influences and reveals the passionate explorer that he embodies. Smolna residents with Cocolino & Friends will musically fill the rest of the night.
Smolna: Viken Arman, Foxall, Raidho
Patio: Bshosa, Diana D’Rouze, Nowosad, Phil Jensky, Pysh, Seb Skalski, Truant