“Souls and Saints” – a music art piece in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial

Today at 12:00 AM AMT I released a new music art piece titled Souls and Saints.

  • The piece is 100 seconds in length played at a tempo about 100 BPM (beats per minute)
  • The simplicity of the solo piano piece reflects the simple request that the Armenian Genocide be recognized
  • I intended a bit of optimism but also impatience
  • The ending is a bit unfulfilling by design with a bell that rings symbolic of the bells ringing today after the Armenian Church made saints of all the Genocide victims
  • The music offers no closure as it is incomplete and offers no direction for an ending as it was forging ahead
  • If it lacks impact, it does so in a way that countless voices lack impact on Genocide deniers

I set out to compose and record a piece with the intention of resonating what Armenians experience as a whole when it comes to the topic of our Genocide.  To create something that was beyond the channeling of my emotions through music seemed more important than attempting to create music that ended up being polished and produced.  I wanted to be real and raw with this piece and be left with somewhat unfulfilled after the music stopped because that’s how I feel about the Genocide, especially the primary components of that subject which are the deniers and those who refuse to call it what it is.

I won’t speak for anyone else, but I know others must have shared my experiences:  Most times that the subject of our Genocide comes to mind, with each documentary I watch, story I read, anecdote I hear or recall, a barrage of thoughts and emotions come over me.  I’m transported back and forth between hate and spiritual love; revenge and divine forgiveness. But the constants that remain other than sadness are feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied with any kind of justice as well as the deniers.  There’s no closure yet; no end in sight for the day when could stop the demonstrations and the noise.

All of this was to be reflected in the music somehow.  The simplicity of the piece reflects a simple request: Acknowledgement. The performance isn’t perfect, as is the case when our voices crack and we look for the perfect words at times when we talk about the subject at hand, but we continue to speak, regardless.  If the piece lacks impact, this is in parallel to the many petitions signed and all of the demonstrations and marches that have not made an impact to a number of countries, governments, politicians and citizens, but we forge ahead.  I played it with a hollow sense of hope that ultimately there may be justice and healing some day.

Armen Chakmakian

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  • Vache on said:

    Wow! Great! Proud to be Armenian. Proud to be your brother.

  • Marian Gotanian on said:

    Beautiful !
    I am speechless!

  • Armen Jr. on said:

    Really cool song, Arm…. and love the blog entry that goes with it. Obviously a lot of heart/soul poured into this project. Proud of you cuz!

  • Dean Cortez on said:


    Loved the piece just want to hear it over and over
    So heart felt my brother….beautiful.. tugs my heart strings

    Miss You
    Much Love to you and yours


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