Chakmakian, Armen

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Armen Chakmakian
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Chakmakian, Armen Gender: M
born on 11 February 1966 at 10:15 (= 10:15 AM )
Place Glendale Ca, USA, 34n08, 118w15
Timezone PST h8w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 22°35' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 15°12 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 09°28'


American musician, a keyboard player with the group Shadowfax. Chakmakian’s music has been described as "New World Music." The group consisted of Andy Abad, Armen Chakmakian, Stu Nevitt and Raymond Yslas.

Growing up in a home continually filled with song, Chakmakian had several siblings. While one of his brothers introduced him to rock ’n’ roll, the other exposed him to the sounds of Big Band. His sister was a classical pianist, and his parents, who always had Armenian and Arabic music playing on the stereo, encouraged his musical interests. At age 11, he became the "piano-man" for his uncle’s Armenian band. Although a prodigy with a gift for playing by ear, he undertook a formidable musical education. He attended Berkeley College of Music, UCLA and USC, studied the history of Armenian music, and learned jazz with John Novello, a world-acclaimed instructor. From Chuck Wild, a well-known keyboardist, he learned the art of improvisation.

After playing in a jazz-fusion ensemble that he founded, Chakmakian got the break of a lifetime when he became a member of Shadowfax in 1991. Their album, "Esperanto," 1992, which he co-wrote, received a Grammy nomination for Best New Age Album of the year, and he spent the next five years touring with the group. In 1998, he founded TruArt Records, and soon thereafter, he released his debut solo album, "Ceremonies," built upon his signature sound, a blend of passionate piano and jazz with exotic world rhythms and a Middle Eastern flavor.

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  • Social : Joined group 1991 (Musical group Shadowfax)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1992 (Album released)
  • Work : Start Business 1998 (Started TruArt Records)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1998 (Debut solo album)

Source Notes

Linda Clark quotes him


  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Shadowfax)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Piano, keyboard)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Performances)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Musical group)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Siblings talented in music also)
  • Traits : Body : Race (Armenian-Arabic)