“...Artyom as probably the most influential player in that realm since Mark Summer!” The Improvisor’s Guide
Artyom Manukyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia 1983. At the age of 8 he started taking cello lessons and in 2005 graduated from Yerevan State Conservatory. During those years he also studied in Russia, Germany and Greece. He won in numerous Armenian and European classical competitions. Inspired by Avishai Cohen and Marc Johnson, he started to study electric bass and jazz cello. From 2006 he started to play in one of the most popular Armenian bands - Armenian Navy Band. Later that year he joined the funk-fusion band Katuner. With Navy band performing in the biggest Jazz festivals and top stages around the world, he had an opportunity to play with Joe Zawinul, Syndicate, Night Arc, Karim Ziad and many more. From 2008 he co- founded the Nooz band in Armenia. In 2009, out of his love and passion for live hip-hop, he founded New People (with A. Chilla) which focuses on recording live with local and international rap artists. He performed with almost every big pop and jazz star in Armenia.
In December of 2010 Artyom moved to Los Angeles. Soon after he joined Vardan Ovsepian's VOCE chamber orchestra. He also plays with Tigran Hamasyan and guitarist Vahagni. Working as a session musician, you can hear Artyom on Bobby Brown, DMC (playing bass and touring 3 years), Beto Cuevas, Frank Zappa Tribute album, independent films, and TV serial Hannibal. In the jazz landscape, he recorded and played with Vardan Ovsepian, Peter Erskine, Eric Moore, Gretchen Parlato, Vahagni, Nick Mancini, Miguel Atwood-Fergusson, Hadrien Feraud, Virgil Donati, Charles Altura, Tigran Hamasyan and many more. Since 2013, Artyom has been playing and touring with Latin super star and Grammy winning artist Draco Rosa.
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Q: With your incredible background in classical music and amazing blendings of cello and hip hop, we’re curious to know more about your formulae of success, Artyom.
A: It depends on what we think success is. Money, job or your place in the charts. I think my success is the part that I imagine how I wanna play my instrument-my unique style and way. Going through long years of not understanding and conflicts with many musicians- I finally can admit that success to me is to be able to represent my own style of playing and my music. And I’m lucky enough to travel and show it to the people!!!
(pianist, composer, arranger, chamber choir - Armenia)