Arthur Meschian

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Arthur Meschian
Born (1949-03-03) March 3, 1949 (age 66)
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, architect
Years active 1960s–present

Arthur (Artashes) Meschian (Armenian: Արթուր Մեսչյան, born March 3, 1949, Yerevan, Armenia) is an Armenian rock musician, singer, composer, artist and architect. He is also known as one of the founders of Armenian rock.[1] He is the author of different architectural projects, including Guest House and the new building of Matenadaran in Armenia.[citation needed]

In the 1960s and 1970s, Meschian was the leader of the Apostles (Arakyalner), an Armenian underground rock band that become the voice of the generation during the period of stagnation and Soviet censorship.[citation needed] The band consisted of three students of the Yerevan State Politechnic Institute were singing about pain and sorrow (they used the lyrics written by Moushegh Ishkhan and Meschian).[citation needed] General themes in the songs included the philosophy of life's meaning, pain and mercy or joy and pride.[citation needed]

In 1976, Apostles was banned by Soviet censorship. In 1989, before the fall of the Iron Curtain, Meschian moved to the United States with his family, settling in Boston.[citation needed] He formed the Apostles-90 band and recorded four studio albums featuring both old works from Apostles as well as new songs.[citation needed]

"Catharsis" was a very popular album with some of the best-known Apostles songs such as "Song of conscience", "Steps", "I used to know", "With the pain of the world" and "Where were you, God?" In 1996, he returned to Armenia and become the Chief architect of Yerevan, before returning to Boston, where he worked as an architect.[citation needed]

In 2005, Meschian moved back to Yerevan, where he now works as an architect.[citation needed] He gave a number of concerts throughout Armenia in 2005, 2006, and 2009. He has since retired from the music industry.[citation needed]


In 1975, Apostles recorded the Requiem album, dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide victims. The album was never released by the Soviet recording studio Melodiya.

  • "The Monologue of an insane violinist" (Khent jutakahari menakhosutyunn), 1992
  • "Catharsis", 1991
  • "Wander" (Taparum), 1995
  • "Communion" (Haghordutyun), 1996
  • "Live At Aram Khachatryan Concert Hall", 2005
  • "Arthur Meschian Live 2006"


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