SOUNDS

As an artist, my main goal is to preserve. To preserve the past, as well as the present, for the future generations. As an Armenian artist, this goal is even more precious. Armenian history, specifically Ottoman Armenian history, which is where my focus lies, is extremely important to protect. The genocide not only took more than 1 million lives, but it destroyed history and it silenced hundreds of thousands. Many who were lucky enough to escape found themselves later being displaced, this time through the wars that ravaged the Middle East and again silenced their stories. HOMEGROWN is a project to protect the stories, history and culture of Armenians.

I couldn't stop listening.  First of all, she talks like my own grandmother did -- I love it. But also, you've done a great job blending narrative, sounds, ideas.

Susan Pattie of Armenian Institute

_16_0131 2.jpg
_18_0133.jpg
IMG_6076.jpg
_18_0133.jpg
_16_0131 2.jpg
IMG_6076.jpg

PODCASTS & ORAL HISTORIES.

JAMPAN, 2018

Jampan is the story of my Grandmother's (Haiganush Melkonian) escape out of Turkey. Via Kurdistan and Syria, she ended up in Beirut.

 

Nene shares her stories with me in the kitchen, as we cook Kofte (a traditional Middle Eastern meat dish) together.

HAROUTIAN AND VIRGINIA, MY GREAT-GRANDPARENTS

THE ROAD TO REBIRTH, 2019

The Walk To Rebirth observes the lives of Ottoman Armenians post-genocide. Recorded both in Beirut and London, this piece features voices and stories sacred to Armenian history.

 

Accounts of the genocide from children (now in their 80s) of parents who tried to escape it, as well as reflections on being Lebanese-Armenian, for those whose parents escaped and settled in Lebanon.

NENE, MOKUR AND CHILDREN

COLLABORATIVE PIECES & COMISSIONS

LIGHT+ SEASON 3:

WHO'S DOING THE WASHING UP?

for Lighthouse

IN CONVERSATION WITH 

JOE ARMON-JONES

for Off Licence Magazine

DJ

The perfect mix of water and oil.

Zaytoona uses music to share underground sounds of the Middle East, blended with contemporary Western releases.

 

Zaytoona emerged in the underground hip hop scene as resident DJ for artists such as Anton and labels including Basement Flat in her city of residence, Brighton UK.

As a solo DJ, Zaytoona's work aims to uncover a deeper nostalgia of heritage through sound, that those living outside of their homelands can find within themselves, share and celebrate.

RADIO

Track NameArtist Name
00:00 / 01:04
Track NameArtist Name
00:00 / 01:04
Track NameArtist Name
00:00 / 01:04
_18_0133.jpg
_16_0131 2.jpg
IMG_6076.jpg
_16_0131 2.jpg
_18_0133.jpg
IMG_6076.jpg
_16_0131 2.jpg
_18_0133.jpg
IMG_6076.jpg
_18_0133.jpg
_16_0131 2.jpg
IMG_6076.jpg