When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin

– February 9, 2014

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When My Sorrow Died: The Legend of Armen Ra & the Theremin Robert Nazar Arjoyan, USA, 2013 85 min., Video

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When My Sorrow Died tells the incredibly moving, entertaining, and revealing story of Theremin master Armen Ra’s extraordinary origins. A truly remarkable being, Armen tells his life stories, which read like mythology, yet are painfully true, with the sharpest of wit, a cutting sense of humor, and deep sincerity. His story is encouraging to the discouraged, his music is the soother of the sad, and his mission is to bring beauty and compassion into a world in chaos. Armen tells of surviving exile, dealing with systematic bullying while staying true to yourself, understanding the power of image and capturing the eyes and ears of the underground of 1980s New York with beauty, both with stunning drag performances and his personality to command the spotlight in the scene. His descent into the darkness of New York’s underbelly was intercepted luckily by the Theremin, the first electronic instrument ever invented. Operated somewhat magically without touch, like a magician, Armen Ra pulled himself out of that darkness, addiction, and fear by pulling ethereal music out of thin air. Glamorously eccentric and enigmatic, this life-spanning documentary mixes rare concert performances, candid interviews, and archive material with the magical power of music that alchemizes ancient sorrow into timeless beauty with such grace that it has to be seen and heard to be believed. – Robert Nazar Arjoyan

Preceded by:

The Dark, Krystle Michael Robinson, USA, 2013

10 min., Video

The cabin is on fire!  Krystle can’t stop crying, Alexis won’t stop drinking, and the fabric of existence hangs in the balance, again and again and again. – Michael Robinson