Armenian Navy Band - New Apricot (2001)

One of the best and most innovative bands to emerge on the international scene in the last decade, in 2006 the Armenian Navy Band (led by the sublime taste and compositive skill of percussionist Arto Tunçboyaciyan) has won the BBC Radio 3’s prestigious World Music Audience Award. That is to say that people across the world voted them the best world music ensemble on the planet. For all those of you who still don’t know this amazing band, here’s a chance to discover why. Enjoy!

«Armenia is a nation that invokes many descriptions: landlocked, ancient, nestled in the foothills of the Caucasus mountains and bearer of many tragic events. Yet Armenia is also celebrated for its music, especially the duduk, a flute carved from apricot wood with a cane reed whose range is barely one octave. When played by a master such as Djivan Gasparyan the duduk creates one of the loneliest, most moving sounds ever heard. Yet Armenia is not land locked in the past; instead, it has maintained a connection with Western thought and culture – this has been helped by a huge Armenian diaspora, many of whom live in the USA – and The Armenian Navy Band are the most brilliant example yet of how an ancient culture can comfortably blend with a contemporary one.
The Armenian Navy Band was founded by the percussionist/vocalist of Armenian descent, Arto Tunçboyaciyan. Arto likes to describe The Armenian Navy Band as “avant garde music from Armenia” which suggests something of the band but is a little limiting. The band have a strong jazz influence and to this they bring in all manner of folkloric instrumentation so building an organic creation that, well, swings.
Along with others of the Armenian diaspora, Arto Tuncboyaciyan grew up on the outskirts of Istanbul. Arto turned to music to celebrate his culture and here he managed to keep alive the spirit of Armenia. The sorrow and loneliness, also to be found in African-American jazz and blues, are mixed here with the melancholy Armenian spirit. Yet there is also joy, love and solace. The Navy Band is composed of twelve Armenian musicians and the compositions are all Arto originals which – using his words – “have the sound of my life”. The instruments vary from traditional: duduk, zurna, kemanche, kanun to contemporary: trombone, alto sax, tenor, soprano sax, trumpet, bass, drums, keyboard and piano. The Armenian Navy Band have released 3 CDs: 1999’s Bzdik Zinvor, 2001’s New Apricot and 2004’s Natural Seed.» (Garth Cartwright, BBC Radio 3 World Music Awards)

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Radu said...


Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing this--it's vibrant eclecticism, and simultaneous deeply indigenous soul, is a humanizing force that this world neds to thrive; as is your blog.

dave said...

I really appreciate this post--being of armenian descent---(but never having been there) I am glad to finally hear this great band

Anonymous said...

thank you great music

Anonymous said...

thx for making me listen to this.
just wondering, is your name romanian?

Radu said...

No, it's a regional nickname derived from my italian name, which sounds exactly as its romanian equivalent:)

stigma2 said...



Another one by Armenian Army Band:


And by Arto Tunçboyaciyan:



Anonymous said...

thanx 4 mirrors - my computer doesn't like megaupload:(

btw: excellent blend of world music - i really enjoy it THANX RADU

katty said...

This blog is wonderful and interesting, i really enjoyed reading!!! i must to say the apricot is delicious and contain many vitamin. That is why i prefer to eat it frequently. Actually when i bought my house through
costa rica homes for sale i didn´t see an apricot tree. Now i am really happy.

www.jaen-3d.com said...

This can't work in reality, that is exactly what I suppose.

ejoyolugo@gmail.com said...

Broken link NEW APRICOT,
other option, please!