The Mazmanian family has thrilled audiences in the United States and Canada for over a decade with lively and soulful performances of folk-inspired classics from around the world and their own Armenian roots! Their newest CD entitled "Folk Spirit", features exciting new arrangements of Armenian, Greek, Ukrainian, Hungarian and Spanish folk tunes and dances that showcase the family's sizzling virtuosity and expressive spirit! Violinist-dad Greg is a Juilliard grad who has performed as a soloist in the U.S. and abroad and as a member of the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras, as well as backup musician for Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Tony Bennett among many others. Son, Edward, and daughter, Rose, are both highly accomplished violinists in their own right, while their sister, Ida, is an award-winning pianist! The San Francisco Chronicle has described the Mazmanian's' music-making as 'delightful, charming, flashy and charismatic!' while Diablo Magazine calls the enthusiasm generated by their appearances "Maz-Hysteria!" As Greg explains the ensemble's genesis: "There was no pre-set strategy or plan! Our family band has grown organically into what it is because the kids saw and heard my daily fiddle practice around the house and eventually wanted to join in! Our "debut" ten years ago, a short after-dinner program, was such a hit with the audience and us that we decided to keep it going. We enjoy performing all styles of music but we especially love performing folk influenced classics from around the world. We also have a passion for engaging our audience with fun and humor and essentially bringing them into our family circle for the time we are together!" The Mazmanian family has been described by the Contra Costa Times as "a rare breed that plays everything from Armenian, Spanish, and Gypsy folk music to classics such as Vivaldi's Four Seasons!" 'Folk Spirit' is a sequel to the Mazmanian family's first album 'It's the Mazmanian's!'