Arto Tunçboyacıyan

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Arto Tunçboyacıyan
Արտո Թունչբոյաջյան
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Background information
Born August 1957 (age 57)
Origin Istanbul, Turkey
Genres Avant-garde, jazz, folk, Armenian folk, rock
Occupations Musician, songwriter, performer, producer
Instruments Vocals, percussion, duduk, sazabo, bular, beer bottle
Years active 1968–present
Labels Columbia, Serjical Strike
Associated acts Night Ark
Armenian Navy Band
System of a Down
Human Element
Website Artoistan

Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Armenian: Արտո Թունչբոյաջյան) (b. 4 August 1957 in Istanbul)[1] is an Armenian musician. A famous avant-garde folk artist (singer, multi-instrumentalist), he appeared on more than 200 records in Europe before arriving in the United States, where he went to work with numerous jazz legends including Chet Baker, Marc Johnson, Al Di Meola, and Joe Zawinul as well as a semi-regular stint with Paul Winter and the Earth Band. Arto fronts his own group called the Armenian Navy Band. He also worked with Turkish singer Sezen Aksu and the Greek singer Eleftheria Arvanitaki. His brother Onno Tunç was also a musician. He is also a member of the band Night Ark.

Early life[edit]

Arto Tunçboyaciyan was born in Galateria, near Istanbul, the son of a poor shoemaker of Armenian-Anatolian descent. Since childhood, music has been Arto’s fundamental element of life, by which he has tried to communicate his greatest values: "love, respect and truth". The greatest musical influence of his life was his brother very famous musician and composer Onno Ohannes Tunçboyaciyan. Onno was not only his brother, but his mentor, friend, supporter and one who encouraged Arto to develop his character. At the age of 11, he began his career playing and recording traditional Anatolian music with great legendary musicians and his brother, thus establishing himself as a professional musician throughout Turkey and Europe. In 1981 Arto moved to the United States to find his world, to add his own light to his music and to live the life as free and creative person. Hear he performed and recorded with many many great musicians. Such as Paul Motian, Chet Baker, Joe Zawinul, Arthur Blythe, Wayne Shorter, Dino Saluzzi, Marc Johnson, Al Di Miola, Jim Pepper, Bob Berg, Gerardo Nunez, Mike Stern, Paul Winter, System of a Down and etc.


Arto started a meaningful cooperation with the Armenian oud player Ara Dinkjian. In 1985 was founded the quartet NIGHT ARK led by Ara Dinkjian. Arto recorded the duo project with Ara Dinkjian Tears of Dignity (1994) and Onno (1996) homage to his brother Onno who tragically died in a plane crash in 1996. These compositions were a clear expression of Arto's memories of his brother. In 1988, his first solo albums Virginland and Main Root were released. In 1997 Aile Muhabbeti was released in Turkey and used as a movie soundtrack. Arto composed the songs of this new album with various Armenian and Turkish musicians. In 2000 was brought to life the next album Every Day is a New Life.

Tunçboyacıyan's 2001 album Aile Muhabbeti was used as soundtrack in two films: Hemşo (2001) and Mon père est ingénieur (2004). Serart is one of his latest efforts, a collaboration between himself and Serj Tankian singer of System of a Down), who have found common ground in shared Armenian backgrounds and a passion for sonic explorations in creating music that is claimed to be "completely new."

There is a hidden track on the album Toxicity by System of a Down (right after the song "Aerials"), where Arto contributed, with the band playing a traditional Armenian Church hymn, Der Voghormya (Lord Have Mercy). This track is commonly known as Arto, seeing as he was a significant part of it. He also played the instrumental part of "Science" in the same album, and his voice can be heard a couple of times in the interlude of "Bubbles", from Steal This Album!

In 2007 he formed Yash-ar with fellow Turkish-Armenian rock artist Yaşar Kurt. Yash-ar is made up of first part of his and Yaşar Kurt's first names.


Night Ark[edit]

Year Album Label
1986 Picture RCA/Novus
1988 Moments
1998 In Wonderland PolyGram
2000 Petals on Your Path EmArcy
Treasures Traditional Crossroads

Arto Tunçboyacıyan[edit]

Year Album With other artist(s) Label
1989 Virgin Land Keytone/Svota Music
1994 Main Roots
1996 Tears of Dignity Ara Dinkjian Svota Music
1998 Onno
Triboh M. P. de Vito and R. Marcotulli PoloSud
Avci Svota Music/Imaj Müzik
2000 Every Day Is a New Life Living Music/Earth Music Production
2001 Aile Muhabbeti Svota Music
2003 Serart Serj Tankian Serjical Strike/Columbia
2004 Türkçe Sözlü Hafif Anadolu Müziği Imaj Müzik/Svota Music/Heaven and Earth
2005 Artostan Svota Music/Heaven and Earth
Love Is Not in Your Mind

Armenian Navy Band[edit]

Year Album Label
1999 Bzdik Zinvor Svota Music
2001 New Apricot
2004 Sound of Your Life Part I - "Natural Seeds" Svota Music/Heaven and Earth
2006 How Much Is Yours Svota Music
2009 Under Your Thoughts Svota Music


Year Album Label
2009 Nefrete Kine Karşı Arma Music

Marc Johnson & Right Brain Patrol[edit]

Year Album Trio with Label
1991 Right Brain Patrol Ben Monder JMT
1995 Magic Labyrinth Wolfgang Muthspiel JMT

Paul Winter & The Earth Band[edit]

Year Album Label
2000 Journey With The Sun Living Music

Human Element[edit]

Year Album Label
2011 Human Element Abstract Logix


Other appearances[edit]

Year Artist Song Album
2001 System of a Down feat. Arto Tunçboyacıyan "Science" Toxicity
2002 "Bubbles" Steal This Album!
2003 Wax Poetic feat. Norah Jones and Arto Tunçboyacıyan "Angels" Nublu Sessions
2011 Kargin Studio «Alabalanitsa» «Alabalanitsa Soundtrack»
2012 maNga "Hoş Geldin" e-akustik


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