Arto sings, accompanying himself on the traditional
six-stringed sazebo, solos on the traditional double-reed
duduk, and plays percussion. He has arranged 11 original compositions
for a dynamic world music experience with this ensemble of
Known most widely for his percussion work with
jazz artists, such as Joe Zawinul, Al Di Meola, Chet Baker
and Oregon, as well as with Greek artists such as Eleftheria
Arvanitaki, Arto puts forth here for the first time the complete
spectrum of his multi-faceted abilities.
Arto Tuncboyaciyan is a percussionist and singer
who has assembled a dozen of Armenia’s finest musicians
to form the Armenian Navy Band – the irony, in case
you missed it, is Armenia is a landlocked country, but the
acceptance of his audience and fans have become his ocean
(his words, not mine). His sleeve notes are riddled with equally
nonsensical new-age nuggets (‘I never fight against
nature because I have never seen an “old fashioned orange”’!).
The music, however, more eloquently reflects
his talent and freedom of spirit, with a style that is a varied
mix of modern jazz and traditional sounds, or, as Arto prefers
to call it, ‘Avant Garde Folk’. Probably best
that he lets the music speak for itself.
"Music is the sound of my life.
I don’t pretend to lead anyone. I leave it up to one’s
What I try to express is love,
respect and the truth."