Folk Festival 2019
Los Angeles, CA
If you’re going to assume the moniker Bedouine (best translated as wanderer or nomad), there better be some credentials behind you. Azniv Korkejian aka Bedouine holds those credentials in spades. Born in Aleppo, Syria to an Armenian family, she spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia. After a transcontinental relocation to the US and bouncing from state to state and region to region, she settled in Los Angeles. Korkejian connected with a small scene of musicians that came to include a songwriting partner in Gus Seyffert (Norah Jones, Beck), and a small cadre of heavy-hitting conspirators including guitarist Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Rick Rubin).
A year and 30-ish songs later, Korkejian headed to Virginia to record her eponymous debut at Spacebomb Studios. The resulting album is a boundless and effortless recording, both immediate and rich, seeming uneasy to remain too long in one genre or place. California-noir flecked with a southern twang, and incorporating everything from baroque strings to bossa nova, Bedouine’s music would be equally comfortable scoring a Super-8 film of an idyllic morning, or echoing down an alley through a smokey, humid dusk. Above it all, Korkejian’s voice—both powerful and vulnerable—moves between ‘60s Greenwich Village folk stylings to Astrud Gilberto cooing to nearly spoken, Lou Reed-esque phrasing with ease.
Biography by Derek McEwen
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