The jazz sextet “Art Voices” was formed in 2005 by saxophonist Artur Grigoryan and the leader of the band, keyboardist Manuk Ghazaryan.
Today the band consists of:
Manuk Ghazaryan – keyboards
Edgar Avetisyan – bass
Perch Nahapetyan – drums
Artur Grigoryan – saxophone
Levon Puchinyan – trumpet
Avag Margaryan – blul, zurna
During the relatively short period of its existence, “Art Voices” managed to build its own style and gain well-deserved success among Armenian and foreign jazz fans.
In literally the very beginning of their creative activity the band had the honor of participating in the educational jazz program “Tomorrow’s Warriors” organized by the Yerevan office of British Council and conducted by British guest musicians Abram Wilson (trumpet) and the leader of the program, founder of one of the best independent British jazz labels, DUNE Records, composer band leader and bassist Gary Crosby. In the end of the program, “Art Voices” gave several concerts with British musicians.
In 2006 “Art Voices” took part in the “Jazz Appreciation Month” festival held annually by the US Embassy in Armenia. That summer the sextet performed on the stage of the Big Concert Hall of Armphilharmony within the Third International Jazz Festival, Yerevan 2006.
The band has performed in the capitals of Russia (within the framework of the Year of Armenia in Russia), France (Le Baiser Sale Jazz Club, Days of Armenian Jazz in France), as well as the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh. “Art Voices” is a frequent guest of practically every club in Yerevan.
The band plays their own compositions in the ethno-jazz style, combining traditional Armenian music with the best traditions of jazz.