Regatta Bar

MusAner at The Regattabar

MusAner: you’re probably trying to figure out what that name means. You might even be unsure of what the band plays. There’s good reason for both of these. MusAner describe themselves as a “folk-fusion” group, but I think even that is a little ambiguous. This group’s music is really hard to pin down in all the best ways, sometimes sounding like smooth jazz, at times like gypsy rock. The Boston-based group takes Armenian folk influences and mixes in jazz, and maybe a hint of Western Classical music. What adds even more to this group’s unique performance is its constantly rotating cast.

The group typically features its pianist, Ara Sarkissian, who also arranges for the group. This week’s performance will include vocals by Aleksan Harutyunyan, a traditional Armenian singer. Personally, I think this is one of the coolest groups out there at the moment. The constantly rotating cast, the group’s ability to move from jazz jams to Armenian folk dances, and above all, the band’s undefinable sound makes this one of the performances that I’m most looking forward to watching this year.

MusAner will be playing at Regattabar at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 8. Doors open at 6:50.

~ Bobby Ortega (blues guitarist, graduate student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology)