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John Bilezikjian Plays Oudi Hrant's Seeroon Ahkchig, Sequence 3, July 18, 2013

John Bilezikjian plays all-time favorite Seeroon Ahkchig, composed in 1936 by world famous oudist Hrant Kenkulian, known popularly as Oudi Hrant.

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Oud Method

(Instructional). The purpose of this book and its accompanying CD is to give the student not only a method from which to learn the oud, but also an overview of the history, folklore and origins of this beloved ancient stringed instrument. This book teaches the fundamentals of standard Western music notation in the context of oud playing, and serves as an introduction for absolute beginners as well as those experienced on other instruments. The book covers: types of ouds, tuning the oud, playing position, how to string the oud, music notation, scales, chords, arpeggios, tremolo technique, studies and exercises, songs and rhythms from Armenia and the Middle East, and a CD with 25 tracks for demonstration and play along.

Various Positions

Reissued with a new afterword Leonard Cohen is back! With a #1 bestselling poetry collection, The Book of Longing, flying off bookshelves; Lian Lunson’s acclaimed documentary, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, in theatres this summer (the DVD will release this fall); and the superb soundtrack in music stores everywhere, Leonard Cohen proves he is Canada’s most enduring icon. Now, in the newly reissued Various Positions, Ira Nadel peels back the many layers to reveal the man and explain the fascinating relationship between Leonard Cohen’s life and his art. This book is a remarkable and rare look at Leonard Cohen, up close and personal. For nearly forty years, Leonard Cohen has endured the ups and downs of an international career that has alternately identified him as the "Prince of Bummers"...

Musician John Bilezikjian dies at 66; master of the Middle Eastern oud - Los Angeles Times

John Bilezikjian, a masterful player of the Middle Eastern oud whose eclectic career included performances and recordings with Leonard Cohen, Little Richard, Robert Palmer, Luis Miguel and Placido Domingo and programs of traditional Armenian... Beyond his mastery of the oud, Bilezikjian's instrumental virtuosity was extraordinary, reaching from the difficult-to-master 11-string oud to the violin and beyond. In a 1986 interview with the Los Angeles Times he claimed he could play 40 different instruments, including guitar, drums, zither and lute. The close proximity of his grandfather's oud, however, opened yet another musical vista. And once again he revealed more musical aptitude, quickly beginning to master the challenging demands of the 11-string oud, teaching himself by listening to his parents' old 78 rpm recordings of Armenian music. A year later, he was playing both the violin and the oud in his own band, the Halehs. The result was a meeting with composer Lalo Schfrin , which led to the presence of Bilezikjian's oud in Schifrin's theme music for the hit television series "Mission: Impossible. " It also opened the door to the world of studio music for films and television. In the busy, decades-long studio career that followed, Bilezikjian's oud playing became one of the unique timbres in background music for every kind of media. But he wasn't limited to the oud and the violin, also playing mandolin, balalaika, tamburitza, dombra and bouzouki.


  1. John Bilezikjian, a masterful player of the Middle Eastern oud whose eclectic career included performances and recordings with Leonard Cohen, Little Richard, Robert Palmer, Luis Miguel and Placido Domingo and programs of traditional Armenian music as 
  2. Cohen was backed by an ensemble featuring guitarist Bob Metzger, keyboardist/violinist Bob Furgo, drummer Steve Meador, bassist Steve Zirkel, oud player John Bilezikjian, keyboardist Tom McMorran and vocalists Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla.


Roti John Recipe (black pepper, eggs, olive oil, garlic, green chilies, baguette, sardines, chilli, onions)

John Sally's Guacamole (california, cilantro, lime juice, corn, jalapeno, chipotle sauce, olive oil, red onions)

Hoppin' John Salad with Molasses Dressing (apple cider vinegar, cayenne, molasses, olive oil, red onions)

Long John Silvers Batter Clone Recipe (bisquick, club soda, eggs, lemon juice, flour)


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My first exposure to John Bilezikjian's playing came when I was blown away by (what I thought was) the bouzouki in Leonard Cohen's song "Everybody Knows".

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