The Armenian Navy Band has a new recording. The title is Sound of Our Life – Part One: Natural
Seed and it 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.Arto Tunçboyaciyan is featured as a composer and performer on several
hundred recordings in Europe, America and Asia. He also has 20 of his own albums for
which he composed all the music, wrote all the lyrics, and which he performed
himself and recorded with the support of musical companions such as his brother Onno, Ara Dinkijan, Joe Zawinul, Paul Winter or Serj Tankian.
In 1998, in the Armenian capital Yof erevan, in the country of his ancestors, Arto Tunçboyaciyan
invited eleven young, open-minded and enthusiastic musicians to join in a
session for the first time. With these musicians – who played traditional folk
instruments such as duduk, blul, zurna, kemanche and kanun, but also
contemporary western instruments such as trombone, alto, tenor and soprano
saxophone, trumpet, bass, drums, keyboards and piano – his “sound worlds”
finally became audible in the form he had wanted for a long time and which fit
his identity. Thus,
The Armenian Navy Band was formed.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.