Ethnique Jazz

TIME REPORT «Time Report» is one of the best and most popular jazz ensembles in the present Armenia, playing ethnic-jazz. Officially the ensemble was founded in1996.The present personnel was assembled step by step. Khachatur Sahakyan (key-board) and Armen Hyusnunts (saxophone) can be considered the founders of the group. Their first duo collaborative work - «Songs Without Words», 1996 - was recorded and released in the USA. The album presents a number of compositions by modern Armenian composers, arranged and played in cross-over, pop-jazz, and light instrumental. In 1997 the idea came to these two musicians to form a group, which would perform the original jazz compositions of the group participants. Drummer Alexander ''Sash'' Grigorian and bass player Vardan Arakelyan joined the duo. As «Time Report» they made their debut in 1998. With the «New York Voices», «Night Ark», Mark Johnson and many others they participated in the Yerevan First International Jazz Festival, 1998, where they succeeded to confirm their class and got the highest acclaim of the professionals and audience. In 1998 the «Time Report» recorded its debut album-«Songs Without Words-2» released in the USA. In 2000 percussionist Eduard Harutyunyan has joined the group, and drummer Arman Jalalyan has replaced Alexander ''Sash'' Grigorian. In 2005 the outstanding duduk and zurna player Vardan Grigoryan joined the band. The style of music they prefer to play could be defined as ''ethnic-jazz''. Harmonically colorful original compositions created by Khachatur Sahakyan and Armen Hyusnunts, their arrangements of Armenian traditional songs, and the brilliant personal technique of each musician have put the «Time Report» at the first place on modern Armenian jazz scene. The “Time Report” brings to the listeners music of different ages, cultures and directions in a totally new synthesis of a far reaching kind and a magnificence. Armenian music has traversed a millennial road, expressing the feelings and emotions of its people. Progressing from century to century, it has been enriched by fresh nuances and sealed with the stamp of successive eras, without relinquishing its traditionally accumulated patrimony. For Armenia the fortuitously significant and pivotal time period was distinguished in 301 A.D. with the acceptance of Christianity as the state religion. Hence, the development of Armenian music took a new direction and a new impetus, rooted in the rich experience of its pagan heritage. And through time, Armenian music has flourished according to its own inherent rules, thus creating and preserving its unique national character. Each musician has big professional experience, rich creative biography and has worked with different orchestras, groups and pop-stars as well as within the «Time Report». They toured and performed in many countries and have participated in various jazz festivals. MUSICIANS: Armen Hyusnunts Saxophones, Flute Khachatur Sahakyan Keyboards Vardan Arakelyan Bass Guitar Vardan Grigoryan Duduk, Zurna Arman Jalalyan Drums Edvard Harutyunyan Percussions DISCOGRAPHY: 2005 – “The Best Collection” 2003 – “Mystic Moods” 2001 – “Return” 2000 – “Songs Without Words-2” TOURS, CONCERTS & PARTICIPATION IN FESTIVALS: 2006 Tour in Syria 2006 Tour in Europe 2006 Concert in the «New Morning» Jazz Club (Paris, France) 2006 Concert in the «Cascade» (Yerevan, Armenia) 2005 Tour in Switzerland 2005 First International Avant-garde Folk Music Fest (Yerevan, Armenia) 2005 Jazz Appreciation Month (Yerevan, Armenia) 2005 Concert in «Puppet Theatre» (Yerevan, Armenia) 2005 EXPO 2005 (Japan) 2004 Jazz Appreciation Month (Yerevan, Armenia) 2003 “Armenian Story” Tour in France with the “Armen” Ballet Show 2003 Jazz Appreciation Month (Yerevan, Armenia) 2000 “GEOCELL” International Jazz Festival (Georgia) 2000 EXPO-2000 (Germany) 1998 The First Yerevan International Jazz Festival “Yerevan-98” (Yerevan, Armenia)