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Ara Dabandjian

That which cannot be articulated in words, can be expressed in music.
Armen Shaverdian
Arpenik Hakobyan
Artyom Manukyan

Artyom Manukyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia 1983. At the age of 8 he started taking cello lessons and in 2005 graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory. During those years he also studied abroad in Russia, Germany and Greece. He won numerous Armenian and European classical competitions. Inspired by Avishai Cohen and Marc Johnson, he started to study electric bass and jazz cello. From 2006 he started to play in one of the most popular Armenian bands – Armenyan Navy Band. Later that year he joined the funk-fusion band Katuner. With Navy band performing in the biggest Jazz festivals and prestigious stages around the world, he had an opportunity to play with Joe Zawinul, Syndicate, Night Arc, Karim Ziad and many more. From 2008 he co founded the Nooz band in Armenia. In 2009, out of his love and passion for live hip-hop, he founded NewPeople (with A. Chilla) which focuses on recording live with local and international rap artists. He performed with almost every big pop and jazz star in Armenia.
In December of 2010 Artyom moved to Los Angeles. Soon after he joined Vardan Ovsepian’s VOCE chamber orchestra. He also plays with Tigran Hamasyan and guitarist Vahagni. Working as a session musician, you can hear Artyom on Bobby Brown, DMC (playing bass and touring 3 years), Beto Cuevas, Frank Zappa Tribute album, independent films, and TV serial Hannibal. In the jazz landscape, he recorded and played with Vardan Ovsepian, Peter Erskine, Eric Moore, Gretchen Parlato, Vahagni, Nick Mancini, Miguel Atwood-Fergusson, Hadrien Ferraud, Virgil Donati, Charles Altura, Tigran Hamasyan and many more. Since 2013 Artyom has been playing and touring with Latin super star and Grammy winning artist Draco Rosa.

Martin Haroutunian

Martin Haroutunian, a musician and a student of Armenian folk music, performs and teaches traditional Armenian wind and percussion instruments, including dap, dhol (kopal), duduk, parkapzuk, pku, saz, shvi, sring (blul), and zurna. Martin has studied at the Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan and the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His critiques and reviews have been published in the Armenian Forum, Armenian Mirror-Spectator and Armenian Weekly.


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