Armenian Navy Band
Armenian Navy Band
Winner of the 2006 BBC World Music “Planet Audience Award” Armenian Navy Band was founded in 1998 by Arto Tunçboyaciyan, a charismatic composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, the founder of the Avant-Garde Folk Music.
Since childhood, music has been Arto’s fundamental element of life. He started playing music professionally in 1968. He has tried to communicate his greatest values: Love, Respect and Truth.
Having the aim to make his “sound worlds” audible in the way he wished Arto visited Armenia. Here he met open-minded and enthusiastic musicians who would soon became the Armenian Navy Band and spread the ideology of Love, Respect and Truth in the world of music. In 1998 they recorded their first album “Bzdik Zinvor”, a very sincere voice of life, nature and love.
Since 1999, Armenian Navy Band started its regular tours in Europe. During 1999, Armenian Navy Band recorded their second album “New Apricot”. In 2001, in Istanbul they recorded a new album called “Light Anatolian Music with Turkish Words”, which is a very beautiful and unique expression of life experience.
In the fall of 2003, a new project was born in a Yerevan studio. It was the beginning of a large sound project called “Sound of Our Life - Part One: Natural Seeds”. Arto considers this album his music diary. It is a one-hour long composition for the Armenian Navy Band and choir & string orchestras.
In 2004, the band recorded a new album “How Much is Yours”, which was the first album in Armenian. In 2005, the band recorded the soundtrack for the movie “Le Voyage En Armenie” and in 2008 the soundtrack for the movie “Platon”. In 2009 the band released the superlative album "Under your thoughts". The Armenian Navy Band is currently working on and preparing to release two new projects “Sound of Our Life – Part Two” and “Simple Like Water Deep Like Water”.
Armenian Navy Band’s music is Arto's original compositions, which expresses the sound of the past generations along with today's life with the imagination of future. This is what he calls "Avant-Garde Folk". The Armenian Navy Band represents the synthesis of Arto's 38-year-old musical journey, his life experiences and philosophy.