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Musician John Bilezikjian dies at 66; master of the Middle Eastern oud
Musician John Bilezikjian dies at 66; master of the Middle Eastern oud

John Bilezikjian, a masterful player of the Middle Eastern oud whose eclectic career included performances and recordings with Leonard Cohen, Little Richard, Robert Palmer, Luis Miguel and Placido Domingo and programs of traditional Armenian music as well as appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Pops and Los Angeles Mandolin Orchestra, has died. He was 66. Bilezikjian died Jan. 19 at his home Mission Viejo after a long bout with kidney disease, according to his close friend and frequent musical companion Barry Fisher. Bilezikjian's expressive playing of the oud, a pear-shaped stringed instrument similar to the lute, can be heard in more than 82 film and television...

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