Norayr Kartashyan & Menua
Traditional Contemporary Armenian Music
The Menua project, initiated by woodwind master Norayr Kartashyan, consists of 6 musicians playing traditional Armenian and hybrid instruments which have been designed over the years by Kartashyan. The sextet presents a new vision of the Armenian folk contemporary music through refined and expressive arrangements for woodwind instruments (duduk, blul, shvi, bagpipe, zurna) while mentoring the younger generation of Armenian instrumentalists. Kartashyan's compositions are gently unfolding, delicately intertwined evocations of rural music with a timeless connection to the earth, full of beauty and warmth.
Norayr Kartashyan is an Armenian multi-instrumentalist, composer and conductor. Being a close collaborator of world-class artists such as jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan and Grammy winner percussionist Arto Tunçboyaciyan, Norayr Kartashyan has an active recording and touring schedule on international stages and festivals.
In 2010, he conducted a three-year ethnographic and ethno-musicological research project destined to recapture and revive fragments of the Armenian musical identity preserved by local minorities in Turkey. He is the founder and artistic director of Menua and Van Project ensembles.
Norayr Kartashyan: woodwinds
Grigor Kartashyan: woodwinds
Edgar Petrosyan: woodwinds
Artur Mkrtumyan: woodwinds
Grigor Davtyan: percussion
Levon Arakelyan: cello