MVF Band harnesses Yerevan’s jazz and contemporary scenes to reimagine Armenia’s Age-old sounds.
“We’ve woven together jazz ideas of improvisation, harmonic complexity, and ensemble fluidity with the musical tensions, melodies, and perspectives that distinguish Armenian folk music. We’re music makers in a modern world, creating original compositions that are a new Armenian sound.” – Miqayel Viskanyan
Centering the 11-string long-necked tar, Miqayel Voskanyan’s quintet draws on polyphonic roots, global rhythms, funk, and jazz’s tight grooves and improvisational play. Add to this Voskanyan’s expressive singing voice and you’ll find this dynamic, and ultimately uncategorizable work, at home in clubs, concert halls, and folk festivals.
Known for intertwining ancient folk idioms with progressive arrangements and original compositions, MVF Band challenges conventional thinking about the cross-pollination of Eastern and Western sounds and genres
Dynamic, Exhilarating, Haunting New Armenian Sounds
—NEW YORK MUSIC DAILY
Miqayel Voskanyan – Tar and Vocal
Davit Melkonyan – Alto/Soprano Saxophones
Arman Peshtmaljyan – Keyboards
Gurgen Ghazaryan – Bass
Movses Ghazaryan – Drums