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Arto Tunçboyacıyan is of Armenian descent, and grew up in the Anatolian region of Turkey. The Consort first invited Arto to join them as a percussionist for their 1998 Summer Solstice Celebration, on the recommendation of Joanie Madden. Arto’s reputation as a percussionist preceded him, but the Consort had no knowledge of his vocal abilities. During a break in rehearsal Paul Winter overheard Arto quietly singing to himself, and Paul asked him what the song was. He sang it then for the rest of the Consort and they were deeply moved, and insisted that he sing it in the concert. Arto toured with the Consort during the following year, and they soon learned of the deep fountain of music he has within him.

He has been featured in many of the Consort’s subsequent solstice events, and his voice has become part of the fabric of their musical community. Arto’s songs do not incorporate any traditional language, but rather use vocables from his own personal dialect, which he calls “Arto-stan.” He accompanies himself on an instrument he calls “sazabo;” his own reworking of the traditional six-string Anatolian saz. On January 14, 1996, Arto’s beloved brother Onno was killed in a plane that crashed into a mountain in Turkey. The mountain, named Papa Herman (Father Herman) happens to be near Bursa, which historically was the main center of the Armenian Church before it was moved to Istanbul. Arto says: “The mountain was kind of like a god for me. Since this tragedy happened, I have been angry at the mountain—but not in a negative way. 24 Disc I 4 4 Disc I 25 The mountain took the love from me. I needed it, but he took it. I guess he needed it more than me. When I say mountain, I mean nature, the power of nature. No matter how much I love my brother, if nature needs us, it takes. But I still miss my brother.”

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from Everybody Under the Sun: Voices of Solstice (The Singers), released December 6, 2019
Arto Tunçboyacıyan / sazabo, voice
Paul Halley / piano
Eugene Friesen / cello
Davy Spillane / low whistle

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Paul Winter is a seven-time Grammy-winning saxophonist, whose sextet was the first jazz group to perform at the White House in 1962. His second group, the Paul Winter Consort, interweaves sounds from the natural world with classical and ethnic traditions, and the spontaneous spirit of jazz. Their annual Winter Solstice Celebrations and Earth Mass are among the most popular events in New York. ... more

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