The Armenian Navy Band\’s European Tour

Cologne, Germany – The
Navy Band
will be touring with its 12 piece band in the spring of 2004. The
Armenian Navy Band is composed of twelve of the finest of Armenia’s contemporary
musicians, ranging in age from 20 to 45. 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
” As such, the Armenian Navy Band represents the synthesis of Arto’s
musical journey and life experiences.The band members are Arto Tunçboyaciyan – percussion, vocals, bular; Anahit Artushyan –
kanun; Armen Ayvazyan – kemanche; Armen Husnounts – tenor & soprano sax; Ashot
Harutiunyan – trombone; David Nalchajyan – alto sax; Tigran Suchyan – trumpet;
Norair Kartashyan – blul, duduk, zurna; Vardan Grigoryan – duduk, zurna; Arman
Jalalyan – drums; Vahagn Hayrapetyan – piano, keyboards; Vardan Arakelian –
bass. The Armenian Navy Band has recorded a new album, Sounds of our Life –
Part I: Natural Seeds
, that will be released by German label Heaven and
Earth in  March 2004.

Tour dates:

14.04.2004 Sevilla/ Spain
27.04.2004 Köln/ Germany
30.04.2004 Leopoldburg/ Belgium
06.05.2004 Bornem/ Belgium
07.05.2004 Lokeren/ Belgium
08.05.2004 Kortrijk/ Belgium

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.