A new one-hour documentary film, The Guardians of Music, features Prof. Leon Janikian as clarinet soloist on the soundtrack. The film chronicles the history of generations of Armenian music masters focused on the city of Detroit. Traditional Armenian folk music ranges from ballads that describe centuries of village life to upbeat dance songs performed at weddings, community dances, and picnics. These traditions have been handed down by generations of musicians, as well as survivors of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. The film has been programmed on a number of PBS stations throughout the United States and at selected theaters in Michigan and California.
Homage, a new CD recorded live in concert at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History as part of ArtX Detroit includes Professor Leon Janikian as the featured clarinetist. The CD is a collection of traditional Armenian dance music and includes Ara Topouzian on kanun (76-stringed harp), master musicians Mal Barsamian on oud (11-stringed lute), Leon Janikian on clarinet and Mike Shimmin on percussion. The CD is available at arpmusic.com.