Ian Anderson / Jethro Tull/ : "The best musical metal band this side of Mars..."
Dogma’s music is an extremely unique and a compound fusion of Armenian ethnic melody and progressive metal elements, which can transfer the listener from a powerful mountainous landscape to a serene apricot garden in the blazing sun. The Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine describes it as: “Aggressive riffs, ethnic vibes and psychedelic soundscapes all wrapped up with stunning delicate female vocals”.
In the beginning of 2010 Zara was invited by Ian Anderson, from the legendary British band “Jethro Tull” to do a guest act for his show in Yerevan on September 24. During this fantastic concert Zara performed together with Ian, presenting two songs of Jethro Tull and two Dogma songs. In Ian's words, Dogma is...."The best musical metal band this side of Mars. Amazing bass player. Brilliant vocals. Searing guitar. Thundering neutron drums. This band feature instruments which are weapons of mass destruction.... Oh, to be so young."
In May 2012 Dogma was invited by the German well-known «Wave Gotik Treffen» Festival and played a concert at the Leipzig Central Theatre on May 28.
On February 25, 2012, Dogma made part of the musical project “A to A: The World in Harmony”. The project was a synergy between the Luys Foundation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United States Embassy in Armenia, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra and Dogma band. Dogma presented four musical pieces composed with “Hyperscore” by the children from the United States and Armenia, led by renowned Composer and Inventor Tod Machover.
Dogma is a desired guest of all big local and international festivals taking place in Armenia (see www.dogma.am / media). Dogma’s concerts are always sold-out and long-expected by its fans. In summer 2011 the band gave a big open air concert in the center of Yerevan, Sharl Aznavour Square and performed as a headliner at the international Yerevan Summer Music Festival held on August 26-27-28 in the Liberty Square.
Later in December followed the live in concert with the title “Under Dogma”.
In 2010 Dogma presented its first official video clip to the song “Renaissance” – a uniquely beautiful story with finger heroes.
In summer 2011 Dogma was approved by Ian Anderson for the “Classic Rock Presents Prog” Magazine /issue 18/, which published an article about Dogma.
In 2009 Dogma was introduced to the readers of the “Metalized” Magazine, the biggest heavy metal magazine in Denmark, on the section presenting new bands.
In winter 2011 the Armenian cultural TV channel “Shoghakat” prepared and broadcasted a 15 minutes documentary film about Dogma.
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DOGMA is an Armenian ethnic progressive rock/metal band created in 2008 in Yerevan. It was found by two famous in Armenia musicians – bassist Vardan Grigoryan and guitarist Heno Grigoryan, who both played in the legendary in Transcaucasia MDP band from 1994 to 2007. In December 2007 a young and charming vocalist Zara, who was totally unknown to the music sphere, joined Vardan and Heno. Soon after that Derik Vardumyan, who is a famous musician and drummer in the metal sphere of Armenia, teamed up with them.
The first private concert was on January 5, 2008, in front of an audience of just friends, musicians and journalists. It turned out to be something impressive indeed, something rather unexpected. And this was Dogma's triumphal start.
Zara Gevorgyan - Vocals
Henry Grigoryan - all guitars
Vardan Grigoryan - Bass Guitar
Derik Vardumyan - Drums & Percussion
In the beginning of 2009 the band celebrated its 1st anniversary and started the studio work on the debut album, which was unleashed in December 2009 with the unordinary title "Ethnic-Methnic" to more closely depict what is inside.
Currently Dogma is again in the studio recording its second album which will be released in Autumn 2013.