“Artostan” marks a personal turning point in Arto Tunçboyaciyan’s life: after more than 20 years living in the US and working in the West, he is now looking back from his new adopted “Heimat” Armenia. The result is a radiophonic travel diary through the today’s globalized world of unlimited soundscapes, giving resonnance to his visions, emotions and his soul. The album is a trip to Arto Tunçboyaciyan’s philosophical homeland: Artostan.
The poetic power of his song lyrics is expressed with a unique voice in “Abush” - a song about truth in the today’s world. He lets the fragile-melancholy moods of difficult human trials resound on the little lute bular in “Little Protesta” - a song about his experience with liberty and freedom in America. He drums exuberant joy on the hand-drums bakdav ; mischievously innocent, he coaxes happiness and inner peace out of a simple cooking pot in the track “Sound of Silence”.
This album is complementary to “Love Is Not in Your Mind” by Arto Tunçboyaciyan & Vahagn Hayrapetyan, published on Heaven and Earth (HE15) contemporaneously. Both are introducing Artos’s philosophy and highest values "Love, Respect and Truth".