“Even though I was born on the safe shores of the United States of America and graduated from the University of Michigan Music School in 1958, my demons are from another time and place. My mother, at the age of seven, survived a desert starvation death march in the 1915 Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Turks.
The reevaluation of my mother’s past when I was 50 years old led to an understanding of my mother and, surprisingly, of myself. My mother’s emotional injuries were passed on down to me.
‘Orphan in the Sands’ is about the evolution from the depths of dark despair to the liberation of the human spirit.”