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Armik

New flamenco guitarist Armik displayed an interest in and passion for music while still a young child. When he was just seven years old, he pawned his watch for a classical guitar, which he hid and practiced on in the basement. Formal music lessons followed and Armik completed the Rudolph Solphege program in two years; at 12, he was a professional recording artist. While his early career focused mostly on jazz, Armik discovered the beauty and passion of flamenco while visiting and studying in Spain during the '70s. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue this new direction, playing with other artists live and in the studio.

By 1994 he released his solo debut album, Rain Dancer, a critical and commercial success that he followed with 1995's Gypsy Flame. At this point, Armik's reputation as a performer and student of flamenco was such that expert Spanish luthier Pedro Maldonado created an instrument for him, the Rubia; Armik's 1996 album was recorded with and named after it. The following year saw the release of Malaga, and his fifth album, Isla del Sol, appeared in 1999, followed by Rosas del Amor in the spring of 2001. Released in 2002, Lost in Paradise showed him making a sensual and elegant album that offered a different take on his traditional flamenco.

His releases have consistently reached Top Ten positions on Billboard's charts of top-selling new age music, and during the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, two tracks from Armik's recordings were played during the floor exercises to accompany gymnast Daniela Sofronie of Romania. That year, Armik released his first album on his own Bolero imprint, Romantic Dreams. Releases such as Mar de Sueños and the compilation Desires: The Romantic Collection followed, and over the coming decade his output increased dramatically with a new album arriving nearly every year. In addition to more straightforward flamenco releases like 2005's Cafe Romantico and 2012's Casa de Amor, Armik issued several themed records like A Day in Brazil (2008) and Christmas Wishes (2006). A 2014 Greatest Hits collection covered various highlights from the first ten years on Bolero Records, and in 2015 he added a second volume to his popular Romantic Spanish Guitar series. ~ Heather Phares
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: La Vida

1. La Vida

2. Nueva Luz

3. Guitarra Del Amor

4. Unforgettable

5. Nostalgia

6. Escape

7. Sol De Verano

8. Vino Y Rosas

9. Spanish Journey

10. Encantado

11. Guitarra Guitarra

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Track List: Romantic Spanish Guitar Vol 2

1. Winds Of Passion

2. Breathless

3. Guitanova

4. Isla Mujeres

5. Runaway Lovers

6. Escape To Paradise

7. Bella Melodia

8. My Love For You

9. Playa Del Carmen

10. Sunsets In Cruz Bay

11. Solo Guitarra

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Track List: Mystify

1. Friday Night Rumba

2. Only Memories

3. Mystify

4. Nights In Ibiza

5. Coco Beach Cafe

6. Palma De Mallorca

7. No Regrets

8. April Rain

9. Mesmerize

10. Daydreamer

11. Muse

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Track List: Romantic Spanish Guitar Volume 1

1. Dancing In The Clouds

2. Guitarra Poeta

3. Romance De La Luna

4. Lagrimas

5. Hearts Desire

6. Roses In The Wind

7. Gypsy Waltz

8. Sentimientos De Amor

9. When I First Saw You

10. Moonlight Stroll

11. Poeta

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Track List: Alegra

1. Alegra

2. Summer Night's Dance

3. Luz Del Sol

4. Dream Catcher

5. Alicante

6. Oceans Apart

7. Tierra Guitarra

8. La Jolla Breezes

9. El Camino

10. Blue Skies

11. Rainbow Island

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Track List: Flames Of Love

1. Flames Of Love

2. Aurora

3. Broken Dreams

4. Fronteras

5. Pasajes

6. Toledo Solo

7. Cafe Roma

8. Passion And Grace

9. Ojos Tristes

10. Geralda

11. Reaching For The Stars

12. Cascada

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Track List: Reflections

1. Reflections

2. In Love

3. Remembering Isla Del Sol

4. Summer In Marbella

5. Mi Guitarra Roja

6. Moon Dance

7. Una Historia De Vida

8. Nights In Seville

9. Inspiration

10. Spanish Sun

11. Ronda

12. Solo Fire

13. Sentimientos

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Track List: Casa De Amor

1. Casa De Amor

2. Andalusian Nights

3. Flames

4. Golden Waves

5. Tesoros

6. Pure Magic

7. Serenity

8. Infinito

9. Hidden Paradise

10. Jerez

11. Story Teller

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Track List: Besos

1. Our Night

2. Espana

3. Besos

4. Estrellas

5. Dancing Butterflies

6. Esperanza

7. Soleares

8. Santiago

9. Paraiso

10. Amor Mio

11. Malibu Nights

12. Mi Mundo

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Track List: Serenata

1. Serenata

2. Cafe Siena

3. Rain

4. Piazza San Marco

5. Sangria

6. Barceloneta Beach

7. 4 Nights In Venice

8. San Juan

9. Via Veneto

10. Moon Over Malaga

11. Speechless

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Track List: Fuego Gitana: The Nuevo Flamenco Collection

1. Cadiz

2. Fuego Gitana

3. Azul

4. Golden Touch

5. Passion

6. Treasures

7. Barcelona

8. Blue Paradise

9. Moonlight Cafe

10. Treasures From Spain

11. Barcelona Sunsets

12. Casa Patas

13. Fire Within

14. Your Lovely Smile

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Track List: Barcelona

1. Barcelona

2. Cordobes

3. Toledo

4. Casa Patas

5. Sunset In Paradise

6. A Day In Malaga

7. Laredo

8. Al Rambla

9. Majestic Montserrat

10. Piazza Di Spagna

11. La Gitana De Seville

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Track List: Guitarrista

1. Guitarrista

2. Felipe's Charm

3. Fire Within

4. Besos De Amor

5. Fantasia De Guitarra

6. August Moon

7. Maui Sunsets

8. Road To Hana

9. My Sunshine

10. Torremolinos

11. Noche De Guitarra

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Track List: Mi Pasion

1. Calima

2. Mi Pasion

3. Rumba De Noche

4. Recuerdos

5. Warm Summer Nights

6. Bolero

7. Brisas

8. Libre

9. Sailing To Mallorca

10. Corazon

11. Guitarra Del Sol

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Track List: Desires - The Romantic Collection

1. Desires

2. Cafe Romantico

3. Fantasia

4. Mar De Suenos

5. New Love

6. Your Touch

7. Lover's Moon

8. Amor De Guitarra

9. Romantic Dreams

10. Slow Dancing

11. Santa Barbara

12. Midnight Bolero

13. Passion

14. Rumba Nuevo

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Track List: Cafe Romantico

1. Lover's Moon

2. Cafe Romantico

3. Rain Drops

4. Sweet Dreams

5. Madrid

6. Laceros

7. La Luna De Seville

8. Gypsy Romance

9. Puerto De Malaga

10. Tonight With You

11. Guitar Passion

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Track List: Piano Nights

1. Piano Nights

2. Red Roses

3. Caliente

4. Afternoon In Venice

5. Flames Of Passion

6. Fairytale Moon

7. Thinking Of You

8. Rossa Nova

9. Rainy Sundays

10. Dreams

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Track List: Romantic Dreams

1. Romantic Dreams

2. Moments

3. Fantasia

4. Slow Dancing

5. Secret Wispers

6. Moonlight Cafe

7. Love Letters

8. Treasure Island

9. Your Touch

10. Ocean Breeze

11. Amor

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Track List: Amor De Guitarra

1. Amor De Guitarra

2. Fiesta

3. Midnight Bolero

4. Fragile Hearts

5. Montego Bay

6. Romancero

7. Just A Dream

8. Gypsy Cafe

9. Dancing Camellias

10. String Dancer

11. For You

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Track List: Lost In Paradise

1. Barcelona Sunsets

2. Lost In Paradise

3. Golden Touch

4. Bolero Passion

5. Almeria

6. Magic Of Your Eyes

7. Treasures From Spain

8. Dreaming Of You

9. Gypsy Love

10. Romantic Escape

11. Solo Para Ti

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Track List: Rosas Del Amor

1. Lovers In Madrid

2. Lagrimas De Guitarra

3. Costa Brava

4. Sweet Felipe

5. Alegria

6. Midnight In Barcelona

7. Intro To Rosas Del Amor

8. Rosas Del Amor

9. La Gitana

10. Caribbean Rain

11. Primavera

12. Soledad

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Track List: Isla Del Sol

1. Isla Del Sol

2. Marbella

3. Heaven's Touch

4. Tropical Breeze

5. Hearts Racing

6. One Summer Night

7. You're My Love

8. Cordoba

9. Stolen Moments

10. Half Moon Bay

11. Forever And Ever

12. Una Guitarra

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Track List: Rubia

1. Rubia

2. Seduction

3. Maldonado

4. Mi Amor

5. Escapade

6. Sapphire Dreams

7. Miracles

8. Romantic Whispers

9. Veil Of Desire

10. Seychelles

11. Torreros

12. Follow Me

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Track List: Rain Dancer

1. For Annette

2. Rick's Cafe

3. Concerto De Aranjuez

4. Nights In Negril

5. Rain Dancer

6. Entre Dos Aguas

7. Sailing To Bimini

8. Tender Passion

9. Golden Palms

10. Zingaro

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Track List: Romantic Spanish Guitar, Vol. 3

1. Sol De Sevilla

2. Noche De Romance

3. For Every Kiss

4. Only For You

5. Alma Flamenca

6. Lost In Your Eyes

7. Rainy Nights

8. El Arte De La Guitarra

9. True Love

10. One Night With You

11. Guitar Soul

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Track List: Solo Guitar Collection

1. Infatuation

2. Poeta

3. Sentimientos

4. Una Historia de Vida

5. Only for You

6. Mi Guitarra Roja

7. Lagrimas

8. Guitarra Guitarra

9. Noche De Guitarra

10. For You

11. Solo Para Ti

12. Solo Guitarra

13. Geralda

14. Blue Skies

15. Rumba Nuevo

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Él
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Yes, brilliant. Love the story about his pawning his watch!
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I'm in love! So lovely.
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Come by
david...radi o
sometime.
david...
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Fantastic!
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And Al'D'meola and Paco deLucia come to mind as Well
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Un muy talentoso guitarrista!
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osarestra
I was shopping for computer parts and RAIN DANCER was playing. I got hook since then. I been buying albums when I see them. Superb.
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Similar artists should include.... Carlos Santana. Congrats, Armik, you come close!
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Armik .... is as always beautiful music to listen....
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It stirs my soul !!!
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I love to hear his music very much
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Awesome great so cool!!!!!!!




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hrouhafza
مرسی آرمیک
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Brilliant
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nice
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Ablando de armonia
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pfcaron
This man was born for this guitar style.
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Beautiful!!!
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Omg! He plays so beautifully! ( if that's a word)
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Awesome!
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Armik is awesome! Govi, Jesse , Johannes, Ottmar , Strunz , etc!!!
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Been listening to Armik for YEARS...ALWA Y S FANTASTIC!
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Beautiful music.
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ebyivy2002
Hypnotic, sensual, romantic.... f o o d for all of the senses
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beautiful played music. Who cares about Bio but its nice to read.
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Mesmerizing and beautiful.
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Beautiful music. Great guitar.
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jma23h
One strange thing: his biography does not say where he is from. Thank you for fantastical classical guitar.
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gracias!
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rarebird52
What's not to love :o)
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Wow....so beutiful this guy can touch the heaven
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Armik, you are my energy booster every day....
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The cover art is fantastic
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I first heard Armik in the B&N music section and have been hooked ever since. An unbelievable talent. His music always picks up my day!
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bpalm931
We here in the Wine Country (Napa Valley) are listening and enjoying some of the best California Napa Valley Wines on a El Nino rainy day. Tu-Shay mi amigo!!!
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bpalm931
Your music takes me away to far-far away romantic places.
Un-believabl e ! ! ! !
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bpalm931
Sexy, Romantic - What can I say - You Got It with a smile. Love your music. Oooo-la-la.
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marvoshan
Muchas Gracias Hermano. Your music is awesome!
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With room to spare Armik is my favorite Flamenco artist. A unbelievable guitarist with really great hands.
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me mucho gusto Bona suerte (good luck)
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Su música es excepcional, un músico excepcional.
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rodrouten
O9o
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mexbo8
I can listen to this all day just love it relaxes me totally :)
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What beautiful music
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masteryodaam i
You've got to be a pretty damn good musician to have someone create a new instrument for you!
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I just want to dance.... wearing only a smile...
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words cannot just listen
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Takes you away!
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Feeling low at the moment, tropical breeze de la Isla del sol lifts me up,lights my spirit,graci a s Armik!!
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