Winner of the Grand Prix Jazz General Motors at the 2008 edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, as well as the Propulsion Jazz competition in 2007, Canadian-born pianist/composer Arden Arapyan emerges with his newly released album, “VAHAK”, his finest work yet: a unique form of jazz driven by exotic sounds of the world, from the Middle East to Latin America. Mesmerizing melodies from the land of his forefathers, Armenia, penetrating rhythms fusing Lebanese baladi with Cuban son-montuno, Arden Arapyan’s music authentically blends all of these rich musical colors and promises to captivate audiences far and wide. With a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Mike Gasselsdorfer on drums and Kyle Morin on bass, the ensemble also features other prodigal talents such as saxophonist/flautist Giovany Arteaga (Cuba), percussionists “Kiko” Eugenio Roberto Osório (Cuba) and Andi Pema (Greece/Albania), as well as clarinetist/duduk player Vagharshak Adamian (Armenia).

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