Walter Rios, Mariel Dupetit, Vahan Mirakian and Cadence Ensemble will give concerts in the USA

Sunday, October 20, 2013

In May-June 2009 in known Pasadena Auditorium, Los Angeles, USA, took place first meeting of the outstanding Argentine bandoneonist and composer Walter Rios, singer Mariel Dupetit and the Cadence Ensemble from Armenia. They took part in two big shows dedicated to Tango and Astor Piazzolla. During the following years there have taken place talks regarding necessity of establishing an Argentine-Armenian Project and finally the project became reality at Yerevan International Tango Festival: on the 20th April 2013 maestro Walter Rios, Mariel Dupetit and Cadence Ensemble gave unforgettable concert at Aram Khachaturian Hall in Yerevan, Armenia.
The ARGARM Tango Project starts its existence and it has good prospects to become one of the most attractive international music projects of our times.

WALTER RIOS, bandomeonist and composer
Walter Rios, the world famous bandoneon player, composer, arranger and director, was born in 1942 in the town of San Eduardo, Santa Fe province in Argentina. He took his first music lessons with his father, Don Santos Rios, at the age of four. He started appearing on stages with his father’s orchestra when he was only six years old. Walter continued his musical studies with Antonio Rios in the city of Rosario and then entered the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires in 1960. He lived in France for three years, performing recitals and recording records with well known French and Argentinian musicians. He was also invited to London by Professor Mariano Mores to give concerts for the Queen of England in Buckingham PalaceHe is the founder of the Tango Trio and co-founder of Quinteto de Musica of Buenos Aires. Rios has performed around the world with his own ensembles and orchestras as well as with other national musical groups and philharmonic orchestras and numerous tango artists such as Oscar Alonso, Alberto Castillo, Hugo del Carril, Susana Rinaldi and others. Maestro Rios has recorded the soundtracks for a large number of Argentinian and Latin American films, working with directors and arrangers such as Oscar Cardozo Ocampo, Mariano Mores, Leonard Baccardi and Lalo Schiffrin. He participated in the show “Tango Brujo” in Spain and Argentina and was the director of the show “Forever Tango” in the United States and director of the Buenos Aires Tango Company in Japan, among others. He has recorded solo records as well as albums with his wife, the famous tango singer Mariel Dupetit. Walter Rios is the recipient of many honors, such as “Outstanding Personality of the City of Buenos Aires” for his outstanding 60-year career in music and for representing Argentinian music to the world and Honorary Academician of the Argentinian National Academy of Tango.

Mariel Dupetit is an internationally known vocal performer of Argentine and South American music. Her first album “Mariel Dupetit” with the theme song dedicated to the resort city of Mar del Plata, “A City for Living”, was recorded under the CBS label in 1986. The song became Mar del Plata’s theme song.
Mariel has also been named Cultural Ambassadress of Mar del Plata. Her second album was entitled “Let us run to love”. She has shared the stage with Armando Manzanero, Luis Aguile, Antonio Prieto, Walter Rios, Estela Raval, Leonard Baccardi, Anibal Berrautte and others. She was a special guest in a show produced by Eber Lobato at the Tropigala Club in Miami, Florida as well as in the presentation “A Tribute to Piazzola” at the Museum of Modern Art in Miami, also representing Argentine music at the reopening of the Lyric Theater of the same city. She has performed in the United States, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Spain and Italy. Ms. Dupetit was Director for Development of New Talent at Jaleo records and Publishing and artistic advisor in Spain and Mexico. She was also a voting member of “The Recording Academy” and the “Latin Recording Academy” which are the entities that bestow the Grammy Awards. In 2006, he CD “Tangos” was released Universal Records in the United States. The following year, she was invited to Argentina by Maestro Walter Rios to participate in the tango musical series “Ensayos”. Together with Maestro Rios, Mariel recorded the album “Afternoon in July”. This was the first time that Maestro Rios had recorded an album with a singer, creating a flawless repertoire of tangos that provide a climate of the deepest emotions for listeners. In 2009, she was guest singer with the Walter Rios Octet in two concert tributes to Astor Piazzola at the Pasadena Civic Theater in California. In 2010, she participated in the show “dreams and Loves” with Walter Rios at the Alliance Francaise in Buenos Aires as well as at the Teatro Ideal in the city of Venado Tuerto. She has continued to perform with Maestro Rios’ musical ensembles in Argentina and internationally. Mariel is an artist of great sensitivity and strong stage presence, captivating the emotions of her audience with every number she performs.

The Cadence Ensemble was formed in February 2004 by five outstanding Armenian instrumentalists initially to perform the works of Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992).
The Ensemble’s premiere concert took place in April 2004, followed by several others that attracted the attention of fans and promoters. The Cadence Ensemble at once became one of the leading and most popular music groups of Armenia. Soon the ensemble expanded its repertoire to include masterpieces of classical and contemporary European, American, Russian and Armenian composers – while maintaining an affinity for Piazzolla. Arrangements of many famous works, including classical, world music and pop are now included in the ensemble’s musical menu. Also included are composed pieces dedicated to the ensemble and its members.
Cadence has enjoyed international exposure through live broadcast of its concerts, and the production of several CDs and DVDs. As a result the Cadence Ensemble is invited to perform in Russia, as well as European, Asian, Gulf and Middle East countries.
The first international tour of the ensemble took place in April 2005: Cadence performed in the Teatro Colon and Teatro Cervantes, Buenos Aires (Argentina).
In July 2005 the ensemble and its soloists gave concerts and master-classes within the frames of the Pazaislis Festival in Kaunas and Vilnius (Lithuania).
In December 2005 the ensemble participated in international music festivals in Tehran (Iran) and Tbilisi (Georgia). In May 2006 Cadence gave concerts in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai (UAE), and in September 2006 - in the Cairo and Alexandria Opera Houses (Egypt). In 2007 the ensemble gave concerts in Beirut, Byblos (Lebanon), Paris (France), London (UK) and Brussels (Belgium), and Shenyang and
Beijing (China). In 2008 the ensemble performed concerts in Montreal (Canada), Nicosia (Cyprus) and Beirut (Lebanon).
In October 2007 the ensemble recorded two CDs at the Abbey Road Studios of the EMI in London. The recording was done by the Richmond Studios (UK). Both CDs produced by Signum Classics (UK) in 2008 have had wide international distribution.
The CD “Expressia: Armenian Metamorphoses” received the Luxemburg “Pizzicato” Music Magazine’s prestigious Supersonic Award in November 2008.
In May-June 2009 the ensemble gave two performances at the Pasadena Auditorium (Los Angeles, USA) and London (UK). In October 2009 it gave a concert at the Parnassus Hall in Athens and took part in the Dimitria Festival, Thessaloniki (Greece).
In October 2010 thanks to efforts of Cadence Music Centre and Ministry of Culture of Armenia was established Yerevan International Tango Festival launched with the concert of Cadence Ensemble and outstanding French composer and accordionist Richard Galliano.
In 2010 Cadence gave a concert in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and closed the “Armenia: Up-Close” Cultural Year in Slovenia with concert at the Ljubljana Philharmonic Hall.
In April 2011 within the frames of Yerevan International Tango Festival the ensemble gave performance with world famous Argentine-Swiss bandoneonist and composer Marcelo Nisinmann.
In 2011 the ensemble participated in the “Days of Armenian Culture in Ukraine” with two performances at the Kiev and Odessa Opera Houses. In March 2012 Cadence Ensemble gave a gala-concert at the Strovolos Theatre of Nicosia (Cyprus).
In April 2013 the Cadence Ensemble within frames of Yerevan International Tango Festival have performed two concerts in Gyumri and Yerevan with prominent Argentine bandoneonist and composer Walter Rios and singer Mariel Dupetit.

Khachumyan Varazdat Violin Jaghatspanyan Hakob Guitar
Yeganyan Meruzhan Accordion Mikayelyan Sofi Piano
Amiryan Gurgen Contrabass

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Hakob took up the guitar at the age of seven, taking his first lessons at the Yerevan Music Salon - School. In 1978-1982 he continued at guitar department of the Romanos Melikian Music College, guitar department, under professor Edouard Badalian.
In 1990-1994 he was a student at the Yerevan State Conservatory.
From1985 to 1991 Hakob was a soloist of the Armenian State Philharmonic Society.
Hakob has worked as a teacher of guitar in music schools and in the Yerevan School of Arts.
Since 1995 he is professor at the Yerevan State Conservatory. In 1982 he was named Laureate of the Third All-Union Festival of Guitarists (Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine), the most prestigious professional guitar festival in the former Soviet Union.
Hakob has given concerts and master-classes in Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Belarus, Germany, Syria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Italy, Lebanon, the USA, Lithuania. His repertoire includes works by Vivaldi, Bach, Paganini, Ponce, Albeniz, Granados, Moreno-Toroba,
Rodrigo, Mikrotikos as well as Spanish flamenco, Latin American music, works and arrangements of modern composers.
In September 2012 following his nomination by Cadence Hakob has granted the lofty title of Merited Artist of Armenia by Presidential Decree.
Hakob has 4 CD of his own and has participated in numerous recording projects by known artists.

Varazdat (Varo) was born in Yerevan, Armenia.
After graduating from the Tchaikovski Music School he pursued his higher and post-graduate music education at the Yerevan State Conservatory (1985-1992) under professor Aram Shamshian.
While studying at the conservatory he was concertmaster of the Yerevan State Conservatory Orchestra which toured intensively in the former Soviet Union republics.
As one of the leading violinists in Armenia Varazdat takes part in numerous concert and recording projects. He has given recitals in Switzerland, Spain, Thailand, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, Iran, Georgia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Italy.
He is known as one of the best virtuoso performers of Russian and Gypsy romances.
Varo is one of the founders of the Cadence Ensemble in 2004. After leaving the ensemble , he performed as soloist in various groups and projects, returning to Cadence in July 2012.
In September 2012 after being nominated by Cadence, by Presidential Decree, Varazdat was awarded with the Movses Khorenatsi medal, one of the highest cultural awards of the Republic of Armenia.
Varo has 2 CD and has participated in numerous audio and video recording projects by known Armenian artists.

Meruzhan was born in Yerevan, Armenia.
After graduating from the Aslamazyan Music School and the Romanos Melikyan Music College he worked about ten years at the Nor Hadjn and Charentsavan Music and Arts Schools as accordion teacher. During 1986-1990 he was a student at the Khachatur Abovyan State
Pedagogical University. After graduation he collaborated with the Yerevan State Symphony Orchestra, the “Goharapayl” Group, known Armenian artists and singers including the shows
of Vardan Petrosyan, the concert performances of singers Papin Poghosyan, Aram Asatryan and
many others. He has performed in Russia, Lebanon, Canada, the USA and Cyprus.
Meruzhan joined the Cadence Ensemble in 2011.
Meruzhan has one CD and has participated in numerous audio and video recording projects of known Armenian artists.

Sofi was born in Yerevan, Armenia.
She graduated from the Tchaikovsky Specialized Music School in 1988, continuing her education at the Yerevan State Conservatory untill 1993. In 1995 she recieved her post-graduate diploma from the Conservatory. The same year she was named assistant professor at the piano department of the Conservatory. In the period 2000-2010, Sofi was professor of the Conservatory Piano Department. Since 2010 she is concertmaster with the Jazz and Pop Music Department of the conservatory. In 1996-2003, she was the pianist of the Yerevan State Conservatory Piano Quintet. As member of the quintet she participated in the audio recordings of works of the leading Armenian composers Arno Babadjanyan, Edgar Hovhannisyan and Stepan Shakaryan. For close to a year Sofi was piano soloist of the Yerevan State Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with the Yerevan State Radio and TV Orchestra (conductor Ohan Durian), the Jazz and Variety State Orchestra (conductor Yervand Yerznkyan).
She gave concerts with the quintet in Dubai, Abu Dhabi (UAE), the “Liberty” Jazz Band in the USA, Caribbean Islands, Mexico and violinist Christina Mikayelyan in Washington (USA).
Sofi is one of the best known pianists in Armenia who gets numerous invitation to perform with different jazz and pop bands in Armenia and abroad. She is the pianist of one of the most popular Armenian jazz groups in Armenia “Hay Way”.
Sofi has been pianist of the Cadence Ensemble since July 2012.

Gurgen was born in Yerevan, Armenia.
He graduated from the Tchaikovsky Specialized Music School as a cellist.
For many years he was contrabass player for the “Tkzar” Armenian Traditional Music Orchestra.
Since 1997, he has been playing bass guitar in the “Re Minor” Band accompanying famous Armenian pop singer Forsh. He took part in the tours by Forsh and his band in Germany, France, Canada, Ukraine and Russia. He has participated in 4 CD and 2 DVD productions of Forsh and the band. Gurgen became member of the Cadence Ensemble in July 2012.


CD, NABP-055, 2004 “Tangata” Cadence Ensemble Performs Live
DVD, NABP-DV002 Works of Astor Piazzolla,
11 April 2004, Aram Khachaturian Hall, Yerevan
CD, NABP-058, 2004 “Resurreccion del Angel” Cadence Ensemble Performs Live
DVD, NABP-DV003 Works of Astor Piazzolla,
13 June 2004, Aram Khachaturian Hall, Yerevan
CD, NABP-065, 2005 Cadence Ensemble Performs Live in Teatro Colon
DVD, NABP-DV005 18 April 2005, Buenos Aires
DVD, NABP-DV009 15 December 2005, Cadence Ensemble Performs Live in Tehran
CD, NABP-069, 2006 Cadence Ensemble and Michael Poghosian Perform Live in
DVD, NABP-DV008 Yerevan Opera House, 15 March 2006, Yerevan
DVD, NABP-DV010 14 May 2006, Cadence Ensemble Performs Live in Abu Dhabi
DVD, NABP-DV011 “Expressia” Project, Cadence Ensemble Performs Live at the Purcell Room
26 October 2007, Southbank Centre, London
DVD, NABP-DV012 “Expressia” Project, Cadence Ensemble Performs Live
at Aram Khachaturyan Hall,25 November 2007, Yerevan
DVD, NABP-DV014 “Expressia” Documentary Film by Artur Bakhtamyan
CD, Signum Classics (UK) EXPRESSIA: Armenian Metamorphoses
SIGCD129, 2008
CD, Signum Classics (UK) EXPRESSIA: Tangos & Fantasies
SIGCD140, 2008
DVD, NABP-DV015, 2008 28 November 2008, Cadence Ensemble Performs Live in Nicosia
DVD, NABP-DV016, 2008 02 November 2008, Cadence Ensemble Performs Live at the Oscar Peterson Hall in Montreal, Canada
DVD, NABP-DV017, 2009 14 October 2009, Cadence Ensemble Performs Live at the Dimitria Festival in Thessaloniki, Greece
DVD, NABP-DV025, 2010 30 October 2010, Cadence Ensemble and Richard Galliano Perform Live at the Yerevan Opera House
DVD, DV-036, 2012 11 March 2012, ARMENIA ON STAGE Gala-Concert at the Strovolos Municipality Theatre, Nicosia, Cyprus
CD, NABP-078, 2013 TRIUNFAL 19 December 2012, Cadence Ensemble Performs Live
DVD, NABP-037, 2013 at the Cafesjian Center for the Arts, Yerevan, Armenia
DVD, NABP-038, 2013 20 April 2013, Walter Rios, Mariel Dupetit and Cadence Ensemble
Perform Live at Aram Khachaturian Hall, Yerevan, Armenia