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HAIG YAZDJIAN - Oud, Vocal
Haig Yazdjian was born by Armenian parents in Syria, and has been living in Greece for the last 20 years. There, he discovered the enchanting elements of Eastern music, and took up the oud as the means to express an inner undiscovered domain. Soon, he became extremely popular as an oud soloist, and one of the most characteristic vocalists. The release of his first album, TALAR, in 1996, accelerated his popularity, but more important chartered him amongst the most promising composes of his generation. Yazdjian was hailed for the unique ways he was blending diverse elements of the eastern Mediterranean music traditions vested in the practice of considering tradition as a live creative force. All that in a rather, ethereal or even interminable fashion as the title of TALAR alludes to.
Two years later, the release of his second solo album GARIN, and the CD single GIFT were received with unanimous acclamation from audiences and critics alike. In addition to a critical and commercial success. In the summer of 2000 Yazdjian released BEAST ON THE MOON, an album that signified a new expressive turn in his music quest. In 2001 at a point of expressive and performance maturity, he releases YERAZ, a dreamworld for fellow listeners.
Hiag Yazdjian has collaborated with: Nikos Xydakis, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Savina Yannatou, Maria Farantouri, Omar Farouk Tekbilek, Djivan Gasparyan, Theodossi Spasov, Glen Velez, Abdullah Chhadeh, VEDAKI Group, EVA Quartet and Kudsi Erguner.
Elmau Jazz Festival, Salzburg Balkan Festival, Vienna Salam Islam, Berlin Fest der Kontinente, Luxembourg, St. Wendel Jazz Festival, Kassel World Music Festival, TFF Rudolstadt, etc.
“I used to meet up with Haig each time I came to Greece. A few days ago, I went to the club where he performed, and although I knew well he is an excellent musician, I discovered that he is an exceptional singer also. I was amazed”.
Listening to the way Haig Yazdjian plays the oud, one thing comes to mind, something similar to what they cal in Flamenco duende: this man is full of spirit, of emotion, much passion that he reveals through his art...
Among the standout players in today’s music that have gotten my attenton are Squarepusher, Kim Kashkashian, Aphex Twin, Haig Yazdjian, Unkle, DJ Shadow, Jane Siberry, Howie B, Ruben Blades, Harriet Tubman, Simon Shahee, Lisa Gerrard/ Executioners, etc.
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