Nune, 33, began singing with an Armenian jazz band in the early 1990's before becoming a lounge singer at resorts in the Middle East. While performing in Damascus, she observed that young Syrians knew the words to old folk songs performed by contemporary singers, which was not true of young Armenians.
"I was jealous," she said in English in an interview before her concert here, occasionally turning to an interpreter for assistance. "That's when I decided to do something the young people will sing and remember the words. I wanted to work with Armenian folk songs, rearrange them and make them appealing to young people."