Armen Ra is an American artist and performer of Iranian-Armenian descent.
Born in Tehran, Iran, he was raised by his mother, a concert pianist, and his aunt, an opera singer and Ikebana master. Ra and his mom left Tehran in 1978 just before the Revolution, he was in his mid teens.
Self-taught theremin master Armen Ra, recounts his dynamic journey–which carried him all the way to performances at Lincoln Center and the United Nations–in a life-spanning documentary about the power of music to transform deep sadness into something beautiful. Combines rare concert performances, candid interviews, and archive material into a cinematic experience that was heralded by The Huffington Post, George Heymont as “I have enjoyed few documentaries as When My Sorrow Died…”.
Ra has played at The United Nations, Wiener Konzerthaus Mozartsaal Vienna, CBGB’s, Knitting Factory, La MaMa E.T.C., Joe’s Pub, Boulder Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, The Gershwin Hotel,B.B. King Museum, and Dietch Projects. He has been featured on and appeared in: CNN, HBO, MTV, VH1, Vogue, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, and Glamour.
He currently resides in Hollywood, California.