Gurumiran

PRO Live Act Indie/Alternative ethno-fusion Jazzrock Alternative Rock Electro Melodic Worldmusic
Gurumiran - Indie/Alternative ethno-fusion Jazzrock Alternative Rock Electro Melodic Worldmusic Live Act in Beirut

Gurumiran Short Info

Gurumiran is an audiophile, DJ, audio engineer, guitarist, lyricist, music producer and songwriter based in Beirut, Lebanon.

His solo debut Aberrance signals a departure from Gurumiran’s usual tendencies and path through music in both the process of thinking, writing and sonic exploration and creation. The result is an album that defies genres as it comfortably sits in a mix of 9 hard-hitting tracks that together create fusion to tell an intimate story of their own. Both tender and eerie, with a mix of melancholy and humor, Aberrance is a personal reflection over various events - including social and political surrounding the Middle-East - that have recently reshaped the musician’s life. The album is a compilation of different musical styles, at times borrowing from Gurumiran’s rich musical history, and is an expression of different lived experiences, the album promises to entice your senses and emotions.

The new album Aberrance is only the latest in a long string of achievements for Miran. As a founding member of Lebanon’s rock pioneers Blend, Gurunian wrote and co-produced the critically acclaimed, major-label release ‘Act One’ (2004, EMI). He has also featured prominently on recordings by some of the most illustrious artists on the local and international circuit, as well as through a collaboration with Lebanese singer Tania Saleh, and contributions as a producer, songwriter and guitarist to Lebanese-Armenian Eileen Khatchadourian’s ‘Midan’ (2009) which won Best Rock Album Award at the 10th Armenian Music Awards in Los Angeles. In 2014, Gurunian embarked on yet another musical journey with Pindoll, a new project whose ‘Twisted Times’ was lauded as “a genuinely thrilling debut album, full of confidence and fluidity” by Rolling Stone Middle East.

If you’re familiar with Miran’s previous releases, the guitar work on his debut solo album, Aberrance (which he’s released under the name Gurumiran) – atmospheric, effects-heavy bursts that flit in and out of the songs with subtlety and skill – won’t be any surprise to you. What might be, though, is the mixture of other influences, from dark Eighties synth-pop (think Black Celebration-era Depeche Mode), through the theatrical vocals of David Bowie and Nick Cave, to glitch rock. All of which is blended together on a record that’s highly engaging, slightly disturbing and intensely personal.

However, what sets apart Gurumiran’s music from the rest of the electro-rock acts around the world is the distinct arabesque and Armenian sounds prominent not only in his compositions, but also in his guitar playing and technique. Born in Beirut, Lebanon from Armenian parents, Miran grew up listening to folk Lebanese music played on the radio, in addition to old Armenian records and folk tunes that his parents used to hum around the house. Consequently, there’s rarely a musical passage on Gurumiran’s record that doesn’t bring in an instantly recognizable ‘Oriental’ sound, whether in the way he mimics a duduk, oud, or saz on his guitar, or the groove arrangements often making use of tablas, req, katem, daholla, etc. that blend in with the electronic soundscapes reminiscent of Radiohead and New Order.

Gurumiran is an audiophile, DJ, audio engineer, guitarist, lyricist, music producer and songwriter based in Beirut, Lebanon.

His solo debut Aberrance signals a departure from Gurumiran’s usual tendencies and path through music in both the process of thinking, writing and sonic exploration and creation. The result is an album that defies genres as it comfortably sits in a mix of 9 hard-hitting tracks that together create fusion to tell an intimate story of their own. Both tender and eerie, with a mix of melancholy and humor, Aberrance is a personal reflection over various events - including social and political surrounding the Middle-East ...

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Gurumiran on Tour

  • 27 | 06 | 2018 Metro/Beirut Gurumiran feat. Delaney Stockli on violin

Past Gigs Gurumiran

  • 05 | 2018 American University of Beirut AUB Outdoors 2018
  • 04 | 2018 Metro/Beirut Gurumiran to Yerevan
  • 03 | 2018 American University of Beirut GURUMIRAN and the Art of Fusion
  • 12 | 2017 Metro/Beirut GURUMIRAN presents the 2nd Vinyl Anniversary
  • 10 | 2017 Beirut Open Space/Beirut GURUMIRAN Live
  • 09 | 2017 Geothe Institue/Beirut Grosse Party
  • 07 | 2017 KAMI/Yerevan GURUMIRAN Live
  • 07 | 2017 La Bellevilleoise/Paris Beirut Electro Parade
  • 07 | 2017 Metro/Beirut Man Who Sold Eldunya
  • 04 | 2017 Beirut International Jazz Day
  • 01 | 2017 Alimentation Generale/Paris Medina Beats
  • 12 | 2016 Cairo Jazz Club/Cairo GURUMIRAN Live
  • 12 | 2016 Beirut Red Bull Music Academy presents The Good and The Good
  • 07 | 2016 Pianos/NYC GURUMIRAN Live
  • 07 | 2016 Tyre Red Bull Vertical Stage
  • 07 | 2016 Footlight/NYC GURUMIRAN Live
  • 06 | 2016 Beirut Fete de la Musique
  • 06 | 2016 MuCEM/Marseille Beyrouth ya Beyrouth: Rabih Abou Khalil and Gurumiran
  • 06 | 2016 Beirut Red Bull Vertical Stage
  • 05 | 2016 Beirut International Jazz Dat
  • 05 | 2016 Stereo Arcade/Dubai Fred Perry Sub-Sonic Live feat. Dave Rowntree
  • 12 | 2015 Concrete/Beirut Beirut Jam Sessions presents Gurumiran
  • 11 | 2015 Cairo Jazz Club/Cairo GURUMIRAN Presents Solo Debut Aberrance
  • 10 | 2015 The Basement Bar/NYC Aberrance in NYC | Brooklyn
  • 10 | 2015 Pinaos/NYC Aberrance in NYC | Manhattan
  • 08 | 2015 McGettigan's JLT & The Baggot/Dubai Live Vibes
  • 07 | 2015 Beirut Art Center/Beirut Aberrance Album Launch and Concert
  • 06 | 2015 TAK Theater im Aufbau Haus/Berlin Sounds of Beirut

Discography Gurumiran

  • 2018 Hingala Single | Gurumiran
  • 2018 Man Who Sold Eldunya Single | Gurumiran
  • 2016 Waterfall (Diamond Setter Remix) Single | Gurumiran
  • 2015 Aberrance Album | Gurumiran

Media

  • Video GURUMIRAN - Man Who Sold El...
  • Video Gurumiran - 'Hingala' (Offi...
  • Video Gurumiran - 'Waterfall' (Of...
  • Video BEIRUT/MUSIKRAUM: Gurumiran...
  • Video Gurumiran - Man Who Sold El...

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Origin

  • Beirut LB

Founded

  • 2015

Members

  • Miran Gurunian Member

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