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Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends Band
Influences: East European , Mediterranean , Latin American
Genres: fusion, folk fusion, ethnic jazz, world, armenian folk, armenian ethno jazz, ethnic jazzhttps, folk fusion, folk, world fusion
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Renowned tar-player Miqayel Voskanyan formed the “Miqayel Voskanyan & friends” ethnic jazz and folk fusion music band in 2011 as a creative outlet for his experimental and self-expressive compositions. He has managed to create modern, innovative music with an ancient instrument that has historically been limited to traditional folk music.

The tar is a long-necked double-bowled instrument carved from mulberry and walnut wood. The fingerboard has twenty-five to twenty-eight adjustable gut frets. Its range is about two and one-half octaves.

The “Miqayel Voskanyan & friends” band has successfully incorporated the tar to create a musical style with a fresh and modern sound. Their highly distinguishable music is a concoction of jazz, fusion, Armenian folk, rock, contemporary ethnic and elements of world music.

In 2013, "Miqayel Voskanyan & friends" won the"Best Band of the Year"award at the Radio Van Music Awards.

In spring 2014, the band received a special invitation to perform at the Made In New York Jazz Competition Gala Concert in New York City. On May 3, 2014 the band got a great opportunity to play at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center NY with legendary jazz artists Randy Brecker and Lenny White .

In the summer of the same year, the band received an invitation for representing Armenia at Caucasus Cultural Festival held in Seoul , the capital city of South Korea.

At the end of2014 they recorded their debut CD album.

In June 2015 "Miaqyel Voskanyan & friends" band had the honour to represent Armenia at the MIDEM festival in Cannes , France.

In August 2015, the band took part in International Ethnic Festival Krutushka at Kazan city ( Russia) .

In September 2015, Miqayel Voskanyan & friends band had a very successful concert at Moscow International Performing Arts Center.

Now the band are working on their second CD album and on special folk album which will be dedicated to Tar master.