Sako Dermenjian: From Andalusia to Syria
Sako Dermenjian is an Armenian classical guitarist, born and raised in Syria, now based in Australia.
He was given his first guitar at the age of 7 as a gift from his grandmother and it hasn’t left him since. After studying with the great Mazen Al-Saleh for 9 years in Damascus, Sako was already on the path of achieving his dream to become a world-renowned classical guitarist and teacher. Then war broke out and changed his plans.
On arrival in Australia a few years later Sako was forced to re-think the direction of his music. The intensity of war had left him with a sense of urgency to make the most of his life.
Sako has persevered, persisting to build his skill studying a Diploma of Music at TAFE Illawarra with teacher Michael Barkl, his music gave him a way to participate more in the community and it wasn’t long before people started to notice him. One gig led to another and in 2016 he was invited to perform for the Lord Mayor at the Wollongong Australia Day awards dinner. Later that year he was invited to play in front of a global audience at TEDx Wollongong and talk about his journey under the theme ‘It’s about time’. In 2017 Sako was accepted into a Bachelor of Performance in classical guitar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
In the intimate setting of The Music Lounge, Sako will be joined by Nad Ragheb, an Egyptian musician who plays the ancient bamboo flute the ‘Nay’. Together Sako and Nad make the Duo Egypsy. The duo blend the essence of their two cultures and their incredible musical skills to create a unique fusion of music.
Premium Reserved: $40
Seated: $35 (Shared table max. 6 people to a table)