The mission of the UCLA Armenian Music Program is simple, “to preserve and celebrate Armenian music as an art form.” True to this mission, the Program proudly celebrates the official release of “Modulation Necklace,” a new CD of Armenian Music, by the Naxos-distributed label, New Focus Recordings,UCLA [] announces. Following its lauded recent performances in Yerevan, Armenia the VEM Ensemble—which is a key component of the Program—participated in many of the performances on this recording. Celebrating the aesthetic diversity of the post-Soviet era Armenian music, the CD highlights a selection of works from distinguished contemporary Armenian composers Artur Avanesov, Ashot Zohrabyan, Michel Petrossian, and Artashes and Ashot Kartalyan. Along with the VEM Ensemble, “Modulation Necklace” also features internationally renowned musicians Scott St. John, Antonio Lysy, Varty Manouelian, Movses Pogossian, Katisse Buckingham, Dustin Donahue, as well as UCLA alumni Charles Tyler and Niall Ferguson. On "Modulation Necklace," violinist Movses Pogossian has curated a recording chronicling a vibrant repertoire of contemporary Armenian music. Featuring performances by the Dilijan Chamber Music Series, LARK Musical Society, and the VEM Ensemble of UCLA's Armenian Music Program, this collection celebrates the aesthetic diversity of the post-Soviet era in Armenian music. Dan Lippel, President of New Focus Recordings, praised the album. “Violinist Movses Pogossian has assembled this illuminating collection of contemporary music from Armenia…revealing a vibrant repertoire whose aesthetics are as outward-looking as they are grounded in their reverence of centuries-old culture.”