JOSEPH BOHIGIAN, COMPOSER
Joseph Bohigian is a composer and performer of acoustic and electronic music. His work focuses on issues of memory, cultural reunification, and diaspora, drawing on his experiences as an Armenian-American raised in the Armenian exile community of Fresno, California. With a strong interest in reestablishing a relationship with lost elements of our past to better envision our future, he makes use of archival materials in his music, such as sound recordings, interviews, and written texts, synthesizing fragments of song lyrics and reviving ancient musical notations.
New CD of Joseph’s music to be released on Other Minds Records in October 2023. Included is a series of works written while living in Armenia between 2019-21, with liner notes by musicologist Sylvia Alajaji.
Stone Dreams video installation commissioned by Arab.AMP released in May 2023. Interactive sound installation to be presented at Temescal Arts Center in Oakland, California June 29-July 1, 2023.
Joseph will present "The Water Has Found its Crack: Finding Armenia through Music" at the 2022 Komitas International Conference in Yerevan.
performed by the Argus Quartet
video by Kevork Mourad
Rerooted traces the journeys of over a dozen Armenian families through their recorded testimonies, from their expulsion from the homeland during the genocide in the early 20th century through the rebuilding of their lives and community in Syria, their displacement during the civil war in their adopted home, and their resettlement in the Republic of Armenia.
Please contact me if you have any questions about my work and purchasing scores or are interested in collaborating.