Ara Dabandjian is the multi-instrumentalist music director of the very popular, Los Angeles based, world fusion ensemble Element Band, which he founded in 2005. His compositions and arrangements deliver unique expression of folk-fusion by incorporating deft instrumentation, lush vocal harmonies, and rich multi-ethnic musical styles that has landed him at the Kodak Theatre, Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood Bowl, Nokia Theater and Skirball Cultural Center. His works include original score for the 2006 theatrical production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost performed by members of Tim Robins’ Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles. In 2007, he reunited with Actor’s Gang to write and perform original music for the production of Gulliver’s Travels. In 2008, he wrote the original score for the critically acclaimed play Red Dog Howls. In 2009, Dabandjian wrote the score for the late Dr. J. Michael Hagopian’s final chapter of his trilogy documentaries The River Ran Red, which provides eyewitness accounts from survivors of the Armenian genocide. Later that year he co-wrote the musical score for the movie When The Cobra Strikes. His most recent works have traces of gypsy jazz, which suggest a different type of fusion for his future endeavors.