Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends
Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends is a jazz-folk 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.
Miqayel Voskanyan & Friends has performed around the world, including China, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Poland, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, the UEA and the USA. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2014. They are set to release their second album, Nightology, in spring 2017.