KCRW’s Private Playlist: Bedouine

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. The gently iconoclastic music of Bedouine (Azniv Korkejian) may call to mind any number of stylistic reference points, including bossanova, psychedelia, and classic American songcraft. But her oft-recounted life story has also been one of synthesis and integration. Born in Aleppo, Syria, to Armenian expatriates, she was raised on Arabic and Armenian traditional music. She discovered MTV growing up in a Western enclave in Saudi Arabia and moved to the U.S. while in grade school. Her family’s peripatetic lifestyle took her further around the country until she landed as an adult in Echo Park.