The Armenian Navy Band’s compositions are all originals of Arto Tunçboyaciyan which, he insists, “have the sound of my life”. This music is founded on Armenian and Anatolian musical traditions and infused with jazz and contemporary culture. Arto’s compositions embrace sounds from generations past as well as present this is what he calls “avant-garde folk”. As such, the Armenian Navy Band represents the synthesis of Arto's musical journey and life experiences.
The Armenian Navy Band is composed of twelve of the finest of Armenia’s contemporary musicians, ranging in age from 20 to 45. The instruments include the traditional – duduk, zurna, kemanche, kanun – and the contemporary – trombone, alto sax, tenor, soprano sax, trumpet, bass, drums, keyboard and piano. Together with the unique vocals and percussion and sazabo of Arto, the band’s sound is a sort of aural journey from the past to the future.
The band’s first European tour in February/March 2000 was successfully received in Italy, Germany, Austria and Spain. Their next tour, later that year, included Sardinia, France, Bruxelles and Holland, ending with a stop in Istanbul for the recording of the album New Apricot under the Turkish label Imaj Müzik. This was followed by another brief tour in March 2001 and an extended European Summer/Fall tour through to November 2001.
The Armenian Navy Band’s 2004 album Sound of Our Life – Part One: Natural Seeds is a nearly 50-minute-long composition in eleven parts, which is dedicated to nature. Natural Seeds takes the listener along part of the path of life that Arto Tunçboyaciyan and his musicians have traveled. The recording equally represents the return to the origins of the musical “seed” of the The Armenian Navy Band; the tremendous joy and affection which the band’s musicians feel with and for each other in the here and now of their life together – also outside the recording studios and stages; as well as the hopeful, self-confident view to the future. For Arto Tunçboyaciyan, the project Sound of Our Life is a never-ending musical documentation of the future.» (WorldMusicCentral)
If you like Natural Seeds, check also New Apricot.
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