Norayr Kartashyan & Menua

Norayr Kartashyan & Menua


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  • country:Armenia
  • region:Caucasus
  • style(s):Traditional, Armenian
  • label:not signed
  • type:Small Ensemble
  • instrumentation:instrumental
  • artist submitted by:Dayl'Ayl Production

Line up

  • Artur Mkrtumyan (woodwind instruments)
  • Edgar Petrosyan (woodwind instruments)
  • Grigor Davtyan  (percussions)
  • Grigor Kartashyan (woodwind instruments)
  • Levon Arakelyan  (cello)
  • Norayr Kartashyan  (woodwind instruments)


The Menua project, initiated by woodwind master Norayr Kartashyan, consists of 6 musicians playing traditional Armenian instruments and new hybrid instruments which have been designed over the years by Kartashyan.
The quintet presents a new vision of the Armenian folk contemporary music through refined and expressive arrangements for woodwind instruments (duduk, blul, shvi, parkapzuk/bagpipe, zurna) while mentoring the younger generation of Armenian instrumentalists.
Kartashyan's compositions are gently unfolding, delicately intertwined evocations of rural music with a timeless connection to the earth, full of beauty and warmth.


Norayr Kartashyan & Menua