Contemporary jazz with world beat overtones aptly describes the music of Canadian/Armenian multi-instrumentalist/composer Levon Ichkhanian. A third generation musician and artist of great versatility, Levon is proficient on the fretted and fretless guitars,oud, bouzouki and banjitar. Levon's musical odyssey first took shape in Lebanon.
This is how he describes it: I had several monumental experiences growing up which had a rich influence on me culturally and musically. My Dad exposed me to jazz and continental music letting me sit in during his band rehearsal, and as the musical director for shows, the family would travel with him to places like Yemen, Jordan and Cyprus....
Travels is a real tour de force - Levon's most ambitious album yet. --MUZIK ETC
Travels is a worthwhile listen for any musician out there. Featuring contributions from heavyweights such as Alain Caron and Wilson Laurencin, the album blends many styles seamlessly together for an enjoyable listen. --CANADIAN MUSICIAN MAGAZINE
Guitarist Levon Ichkhanian's Armenian Heritage makes his melding of jazz and world music seam natural... a fabulous player. --WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
After Hours is one of the most original efforts of the year. --JAZZTIMES
The more one listens to this CD, the more one realizes how much there is to admire about Ichkhanian. --ALL MUSIC GUIDE
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"Levon's workshops were excellent. He inspires creativity and dedication to students and he does so by example. We thoroughly enjoyed it." Mark Spielman Department Head Selkirk College, Nelson BC
Levon brings his wealth of knowledge covering a span of over 25 years of professional experience in performance, touring, producing, recording and composing to his masterclasses. Levon is available for Clinics, Master Classes, Workshops & Residencies - One on One, Small to Large Ensembles. Formats are for the young student to the emerging and professional artists.
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