The Armenian Navy Band are led by Arto Tunçboyaciyan : a percussionist, vocalist and composer of Armenian descent, who grew up in Turkey and is now based in the US. His music is founded on Armenian and Anatolian musical traditions and infused with jazz and contemporary culture to produce what Arto calls "avant-garde folk". The band have received international critical acclaim, have toured extensively and their 2002 “New Apricot” album was released on EmArcy through Universal in the UK. Arto has performed and recorded with an array of outstanding artists including : Joe Zawinul, Al Di Meola, Oregon, Joe Lovano, Wayne Shorter, Don Cherry, Arthur Blythe, Eleftheria Arvanitaki & Naná Vasconcelos.

The Armenian Navy Band is composed of 12 of the finest Armenian contemporary musicians, and the instruments include the traditional—duduk, zurna, kemanche, kanun—and the contemporary—trombone, alto sax, tenor, soprano sax, trumpet, bass, drums, keyboard and piano. The “Sound of Our Life - Part One: Natural Seed” is a nearly 50-minute-long composition in eleven parts, which is dedicated to nature.

Hypnotic jazz-tinged rhythms. Cleverly balanced between the contemplative and melancholic and bursts of the region's wild, break-neck dance music. Think if it as an Armenian equivalent of Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring or Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain, for Tuncboyaciyan's vision really belongs in such inspired company.

01 - Agua
02 - Rio
03 - Mar
04 - Sol
05 - Aire
06 - Tierra
07 - Fuego
08 - Semilla
09 - Granada
10 - Albaricoque
11 - Life



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