Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends
Folk-Fusion | Armenia
Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends is a folk-fusion band based in Yerevan, Armenia.
The band was formed in 2011 with the goal of introducing jazz to the tar (a folk instrument used across the Caucasus and Iran), immediately standing out as a fresh, modern sound in world music. Voskanyan takes the lead on the tar,
known for its long neck and soothing tones. Although historically heard in traditional folk music, Voskanyan’s band has given the tar a new identity and, as a result, has created a new genre of music that fuses old and new to produce something wholly unique - an alluring concoction of jazz, folk, rock, and classic Armenian melodies.
"Dynamic, Exhilarating, Haunting New Armenian Sounds " -New York Music Daily
"The music that Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends performs is indescribable in one or even a few words. It is not straight jazz nor rock, rather an ambiguous melding of the two genres." -Ianyan Mag