We gladly announce that our beloved Avadis Sarkissian is going to be one of the singers to perform the songs of the legendary Assyrian singer Edward Yousif, also known as King Biba, at the 6th annual Mesopotamian Night concert on June 15, 2013 in San Jose, CA. Every Biba fan knows Avadis and his enormous admiration of king Biba, so it was rather an easy choice for our team to pick a singer to honor the legend.
Here is a biography written by Avadis to introduce himself to our audience:
"My name is Avadis Sarkissian. First and foremost, I would like to thank God for all the blessings and talents that he gifted me. In the year 1970, I completed my first song with Edward Yousif (Biba), a legend among Assyrian singers. A year later I left Baghdad, my birthplace, and moved to Lebanon. It was there that I began singing at Assyrian events. I immigrated to the United States in 1975 and continued singing at Assyrian parties. The year 1978 was a significant part of my life; it was the year that I was able to release my first record, consisting of two songs, one of which was "Atour Gabarta" and the other was "Beloun Parpisee." That year was also the year that the legendary singer Biba came to the USA and together we toured and performed around the country. In 1997, I traveled to Australia where I performed at the Assyrian Church of the East, Parish of Raban Hermiz.
By the grace of God, I have released seven Albums and sixteen video clips during my singing career. I'm married to a beautiful wife, Shemiran, and I have four beautiful children named Sargon, Mariam, Nina and Linda. My singing talent apparently has passed to at least one of my children. My son Sargon has also become a singer and has released an album last year with eight new and original songs.
I would like to give a special thanks to the talented Melis Ishaya for the production of my music as well as that of my son.
I would also like to thank the Mesopotamian Night Project committee members for choosing me for this event. May God bless you and bless our fellow Assyrians."