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Amirkhanian's Works Performed in Fresno's New Music Festival

FRESNO (Fresno Bee)- The Fresno New Music Festival this year turned to a familiar name for its featured guest composer: Fresno native Charles Amirkhanian, who founded the Other Minds Festival of avant-garde musicin San Francisco. His work was featured in a November 5 concert at the Fresno State Concert Hall.

`I'm looking forward to doinga master class with composition students to discuss how I put together my pieces,'he said.

Commenting on the concert, hesaid: `I gave the first concert performance of a piece based on sounds Irecorded in Armeniawith my father Ben in 1994. It's called "Miatsoom," which in Armenian means "reunion." Neither of us had been to our homeland before, andwe landed there just after the country had gained its independence.'