Welcome to AMP (Armenian Music Preservation), a project to collect and make available information about Western Armenian folk music as it’s played in the United States. Many Armenian-Americans have grown up with and loved the sounds of the oud, dumbeg, clarinet, violin, and kanoun brought here from the Old Country 100 years ago. Some call it “kef music,” others call it “traditional,” and some just call it “Armenian music.” The site is in the process of development, starting with lyrics to songs, as you can see under the “Songs” tab.
I hope that as this site grows it will be of of value to Armenian musicians and non-musicians alike, and especially the younger generation. You can also read my blog about kef music at keftimeusa.blogspot.com.
Whether you are a veteran “kefjee” or a newbie drawn to the sounds of traditional Anatolian Armenian music, I hope you enjoy the site!
Harry A. Kezelian III