Twelfth Realm
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Twelfth Realm

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The best kept secret in music


"Rock DJ likes Mike"

Rock DJ Mike Dineen (NYC,NY to Southern stations) in 1991after listening to some old tapes said that, "Mike sounds like a wired Eric Johnson."

- Anecdotal

"Armen's D.C. Group"

“(Air Apparent) has improved drastically in the past two years…a performance that was the next best thing to an evening at the old Hot Club of Paris.” (Harry Sumrall, Washington Post, 1981) - Washing Post

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(I) grew up playing Hendrix and then found Chick Corea's Return to Forever group. Then came Miles, John McLaughlin and a great education at the University of Miami, Fl. both undergradute and an MBA in the Music Industry. Those years were milestones. By the age of 29, I thought there was no other place for me to go musically. Now I know better and am matured even though not playing for twenty years.

I have played with some notables including Rob Chiarelli-engineer/mix artist(Madonna, Will Smith MIB's, Ray Charles and many more) and Dag Kohlsrud of Norway's AHA, Graham Hawthorne-Blood Sweat & Tears and David Horvath a respected Christian pianist and formerly of the Lettermen in the 70's. Mark Johnson of the South Florida, Selah Christian group (not the old one) Mark was the former Ex. VP of Editing for CP Beldwin Publishing (now part of Warner Brothers) and played on Talking Toys. I had the pleasure of doing a session with a great saxophonist, Paul Anderson who later went on to play with major big bands. Guitarist Noah Herschman has played on many hit records in New York. In my early years at UM '75, I was friends with a monster guitarist, Randy Johnston, who plays with Rufus Reid in NY. There were others who went on to becoming well known who helped me record my music in 1981 and 1982 at UM.

Rock DJ Mike Dineen (NY,NY to Southern stations) in 1991 said that, "Mike sounds like a wired Eric Johnson."

In 2002 John and I had a #1 hit on It was for the instrumental rock tune, But For Grace-now-A Ship Into Eternity. It is based on the intro to an epic tune I wrote in 1979. We had many tunes in the top 100 in 2002.

I have been out of music for over 20 years due to depression, but I am back now and have my sights on great things. I am not 100% yet in playing, I do not practice because I engineer. I fully intend to regain my prowess and lead this group to state of the guitar intensity and melodic content. One is no good without the other. Harmony is the fabric that allows the warp of melody to flow through and make a beautiful garmet suitable for a heightened and receptive mind.

John is the groove monster and I expect great things from him. He reminds me of a great percussionist I worked with from Sarasota, FL., Ed Mongillo. Both are super creative. John has been studying for the last two years with Tom Knight in Atlanta. Tom is rated one the top percussionists in the world and played with Paul Schaffer on the Grammys this past year. He also is a regular session percussionist in LA.

The Twelfth Realm goal is to make people feel they have been to an awesome experience, period.

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