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Even though music became my vocation very early in life, it wasn't until being introduced to jazz that I fell completely in love with it. How ever far do I go from it into realms of World, Fusion, or Orchestral music, I will always come back. I love performing old standards, of course, but one of my favorite creative games is to make a jazz arrangement of a pop tune and explore it's beauty in a fresh new way.
"When We Dance"
My home edition of one of my favourite Sting's songs.
This gorgeous tune was written by Kenny Kirkland,
and lyrics are by Sting.
"Impressions and daydreams"
I wrote this song in collaboration with my friend Chloe
Pandora (do check her out, her writing is gorgeous!)
by Mongo Santamaría, with lyrics by Oscar Brown, arr. by yours truly; with Jacob Matheus on guitar, Kingston Taylor Jordan on piano, Arionas Gyftakis on bass and Tiago Michelin on drums.
Duduk is an ancient double reed woodwind instrument made of apricot wood. It is indigenous to Armenia although variations of the Duduk are found in neighboring regions, and is proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Unlike other double reed instruments (like the oboe) the duduk has a very large reed proportional to its size (which makes lives of newbies very very sad). I have started researching this instrument mainly because I was curious to find out where does my last name come from, and as a result i fell in love with it completely.
These people are my soul mates and are among the best musicians I know! Here is our labour of love, my new piece called “Kopanitsa” featuring my amazing friends, Lasya on bansuri and Faris Ishaq on nay.
Kopanitsa is a folk dance from Bulgaria, which has a particular rhythmic pattern of 11/8: 2-2-3-2-2, and it turns out Bulgarians do not break in pieces when dancing it (like I for one most definitely would).
I've been immensely lucky and very honored to perform with one of the most outstanding musicians of our time, Tigran Hamasyan. Here is my arrangement of his "Love Song" that Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble performed with the man himself at the Berklee Annual Middle Eastern Festival'2017 (now, if that ain't going into my obituary, then i don't know what.) You can also check all the released videos from that concert here.
Dashina is a world fusion band that features the resplendent voices of Eastern European traditional music with elements of Jazz Fusion. I have started this project after being introduced to Balkan Choral music, and I felt like mixing these ingredients together creates something very new and unique.
This Ukrainian folk song has quickly become Dashina's
signature song, it speaks about a pair of doves
that lost each other.
"Oj Tam na Hori"