Time Report

“Time Report” is, perhaps, the only jazz ensemble in the present Armenia, playing orthodox ethno jazz. Officially the ensemble was founded in 1997, with members joining gradually. Khachatur Sahakyan (keyboards) and Armen Hyusnunts (saxophone) can be considered the founders of the group. Their first joint work, “Songs Without Words” (1996) was released in the USA. The album is a collection of compositions by modern Armenian composers, performed in a cross-over pop-jazz style. It’s rather light instrumental music with a jazz touch.

A year later, the idea was born to form a full-fledged band, which would perform the original jazz compositions of the group members. Drummer Alexander “Sash” Grigoryan and bass player Vardan Arakelyan joined the duo. In the beginning the group performed under the name “Khachatur Sahakyan Jazz Quartet”, but by the end of the year was renamed into “Time Report”. With time the band developed its style, ethno jazz. The harmonically colorful original compositions by the band members with evident folk ground, the interpretations of traditional melodies, plus the brilliant personal technique of the musicians raised “Time Report” to one of the top spots on the modern Armenian jazz scene.

With the addition of percussionist Edward Harutyunyan to the band in 1999, “Time Report” turned into a collective that focused on Armenian folk music presented in the styles of Fusion, New Age and Adult Instrumental.

Each of the musicians has a background of a music college or conservatory, and a rich biography of creative work. Armen Hyusnunts, for example, has played with the jazz quartet of the Yerevan Chamber Theater, the State Pop Orchestra led by Konstantin Orbelian, acted as the conductor of the Armenian State Jazz Band. Khachatur Sahakyan has performed with groups of various styles and directions, toured in Europe and the USA. Vardan Arakelyan successfully combines band membership with his work as studio musician for performers of various genres, while his jazz portfolio includes performances in pianist Vahagn Hayrapetyan’s trio and the Orchestra led by Konstantin Orbelian. Drummer Alexander Grigoryan used to perform in Artashes Kartalyan’s jazz trio back in 1987, and has recorded an album on the All-Union studio “Melodia”. In 2000, he was replaced by drummer Arman Jalalyan, the only official Yamaha Artist in the region, who combines his engagement with “Time Report” with participation in other bands as well, namely “Katuner” and “Armenian Navy Band”. In 2006 the band was joined by Vardan Grigoryan famous for his participation in “Armenian Navy Band” and his joint work with Paul Winter, Yo-Yo Ma, Joe Zawinul and other world music artists.

Separately, they toured and performed in many countries of the world, participated in various jazz festivals and in the recording of albums of different artists, styles and countries. They made their debut as “Time Report” in October 1998. Together with “The New York Voices”, “Night Ark”, Georgy Garanyan, Datevik Hovanesyan, Mark Johnson and many others, they participated in The First International Jazz Festival “Yerevan-98”, where they proved their high class and received the highest acclaim of professionals and the audience. Also crowned with success were their performances during the Second International Jazz Festival “Yerevan-2000”, “GeoCell” Jazz Festival-2000 (Tbilisi), as well as numerous tours around Europe and Asia. They had the luck to play on one stage with Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Clarence Johnson and others.

In the fall of 1998 the band recorded their debut album, “Songs Without Words II”, released in the USA. In 2001 the band’s most significant album, “Return” saw the light of the day. It was dedicated to the 1700th anniversary of adoption of Christianity as the state religion in Armenia. During the recent 2 years the sextet released 2 “best of” collections.

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