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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Night Ark : Treasures 2000



Night Ark is an instrumental quartet led by Ara Dinkjian , an American of Armenian descent . The ensemble blends the sounds of the Middle East with elements of rock , pop , jazz , and classical forms of music . The group came together in 1986 after Steve Backer , a producer for RCA , heard a demo of one of Dinkjian's original compositions and promptly issued an invitation to record . After pulling together the quartet , Dinkjian and his crew recorded the albums Moments and Picture . Night Ark next inked a deal with Polygram , which put out the albums " In Wonderland " and " Petals on Your Path ". The ensemble has played to sold-out houses in the Middle East and Europe . It has appeared at the Israel Festival , the Yerevan International Jazz Festival , and the Istanbul Jazz Festival . The group's songs utilize such traditional instruments as the saz , the zither , the oud , and the cumbus .

Dinkjian is ranked among the premiere oud players in the world . He was raised on the sounds of jazz , pop , and the music of Armenia . At Connecticut's Hartt College of Music , he earned the first degree granted there in the oud while studying theory and composition . Night Ark also includes Arto Tuncboyaciyan on percussion . He was born in Turkey of Armenian descent , and has worked with such artists as Al DiMeola and Joe Zawinul . Armen Donelian , who is also of Armenian heritage and has worked with Mango Santamaria and Sonny Rollins , plays piano for the group . Rounding out the quartet is Marc Johnson , who previously worked with Stan Getz , Pat Metheny , and Bill Evans , among others .

(Linda Seida, All Music Guide)


TRACKS

1. Picture
2. Homecoming
3. Trilogy: Part I - Birth
4. Moments
5. Adolescence
6. Of Song & Silence
7. Offering
8. Worm

Members

Arto Tuncboyaciyan : vocals , percussion
Ara Dinkjian : guitar , ud , saz , cumbus , kanun , mandolin , kaval
Shamira Shahinian : piano , keyboards
Armen Donelian : piano , keyboards
Ed Schuller : bass

Size 283 MB


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