Improvisational Armenian tar player, composer and vocalist creating a distinctive sound in jazz and world music.
Miqayel Voskanyan is Armenian tar prodigy, improvisational musician, composer and vocalist renowned for bringing Armenian music to the world with a modern touch. Mastering tar for over 30 years, Miqayel presents a new perspective to the national Armenian instrument outside of traditional folk orchestras by positioning it as a lead instrument and applying innovative performance techniques. He melds tar into multigenre compositions in both solo and group performances pushing the boundaries of Armenian music creating his signature modern sound by also interweaving with Armenian lyrical vocals. As a composer, Miqayel Voskanyan's musical journey has traveled the realms of folk fusion to jazz and currently embraces contemporary experimental Armenian folk, showcasing his versatility in genre selection.
Miqayel Voskanyan's founded bands (MVF Band, Tarup Trio) have stepped onto esteemed stages like The Royce Hall of CAP UCLA, the Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, The John Anson Ford Theatre and more. Miqayel has shared stages with renowned jazz icons and notable musicians such as Lenny White, Joe Lowano, Randy Brecker, NY Gypsy All-Stars Band, Anne Paceo, Ara Dinkjian, Tigran Hamasyan among other notable musicians. In 2015, Miqayel delivered the world's first solo performance of a tar player accompanied by an orchestra at the prestigious UNESCO Concert Hall in Paris.