Haig Yazdjian
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Haig Yazdjian

Athens, Attica, Greece | SELF

Athens, Attica, Greece | SELF
Band World Singer/Songwriter

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1996-Talar
1998-Garin
2001-Yeraz
2001-Beast On The Moon
2007-Amalur

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Born in Syria of Armenian parents Yazdjian emigrated to Greece in the early ‘80s and as a young man, the electric guitar was on his mind rather than the oud. In the resonance of the instrument though, he did discover, the undiscovered lands of his expressive pursuits. In just a few years he established himself as a leading soloist in Greece, a reputation that brought him next to the prominent composers and leading singers. In fact the first album he released was a solo oud album (1994), portraying the possibilities of the instrument. Two years later (1996) came his first narrative album that under the name of his young daughter Talar, a musical landascape inspired by the harshness and gentleness of Armenia, the middle East and the West, treating them as live battling and complimentary creative forces. The way Yazdjian treated traditional Armenian compositions, middle eastern expressions and his own compositions accelerated his popularity and charted him as one of the most promising composers. With the interlude of the CD single Gift (1997) came in 1998 his second major album, this time under the name of his second daughter, Garin, further expanding the journey to the topography of musical tropes. Soon, while Yazdjian composes and releases one of his most important works Beast on the Moon, stage music for the title play by Richard Kalinosky (2000) comes international recognition. First with the export of his albums in Europe, the US and the Middle East, soon followed by concerts; festivals and an extensive tour of Spain where he gains impressive popularity, festivals in Spain and Scandinavia and an extensive tour of Germany. In 2001, Yeraz, was released to much critical acclaim, both in Greece and abroad. A high episode of Yazdjian’s narrative, Yeraz unfolded a dreamworld, a reality of possibilities, an inner world, common to all listeners and fellow dreamers. The years that followed found Yazdjian to be touring Europe yet again, as well as forming several side-projects that helped him set the foundations for new artistic heights.

In 2005, the Canadian world music diva, Loreenna McKennitt, after auditioning numerous musicians from around the world, chose Haig Yazdjian to be one of the «voices» of her latest project. After extensive rehearsals and recording sessions in Real World studios, England, Haig’s oud playing found its way to the songs of An Ancient Muse, McKennitt’s solo album that hit the stores late 2005. A European mini-tour followed, as well as the filming for a live DVD of Two Nights at the Alhambra.