Short Bio

 

Guitarist Levon Ichkhanian was born in 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon, of Armenian descent. He is the son of Edouard Ichkhanian, renown Musical Director of Middle Eastern artists, nephew to Professor Joseph Ichkhanian, founder of the classical guitar program at the Beirut Conservatory of Music, and cousin of Hovannes Darbinian, the world's leading scholar and performer of the Armenian tar.

A third generation musician, Levon's first professional performance was at the age of 13. Since then, his musical experiences have expanded to include recording, composing, producing, touring and music coordinating /contracting. He has worked with Atom Egoyan, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Peter Murphy, AR Rahman, and Twyla Tharp. He has performed at the Beijing Olympics with Dee Dee Bridgewater, the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain, the All Star Guitar Night in Los Angeles, Midem in Cannes, for the International Association of Jazz Educators in New York, at Jazz and Folk festivals across Canada, and Peter Gabriel's WOMAD. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, Levon plays world string instruments, as the Oud, Banjitar and Bouzoukis.

Levon has released three solo CDs (with featured guests JUNO nominated Alain Caron and Grammy award winners John Patitucci, Paquito D'Rivera, and Bernard Purdie) and is presently mixing "Live at the Orbit" to be released in early 2013.

Levon has played on over 100 commercially released recordings ranging from Canadian Idol ‘s Gold certified CD to India's national treasure Hariharan. He has produced JUNO nominated projects, composed for the likes of the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, created soundtracks for filmmakers as environmentalist David Suzuki and was instrumental in the pre-production development of Choreographer Twyla Tharp's production Come Fly Away to the music of Frank Sinatra.

Levon founded Global Village Creative Inc, offering music contracting, coordinating, performance and production services. Credits include stage productions (The Lord of the Rings, Jersey Boys, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, Come Fly Away, Spamalot, Toxic Avenger, Robin Hood, Chicago, Lion King, Miss Saigon, South Pacific), television productions (CBC's Over the Rainbow, City TV's Canada's Got Talent, Global Tv's Canada's Walk of Fame and the Canadian Tenors Gemini Award winning Season of Song with guests David Foster, Paul Anka, Charice, Jackie Evancho and Justin Bieber), concerts (Fashion Cares Concert wit special guest Elton John, Broadway and Beyond featuring Marvin Hamlisch) and Concert Tours (Brian Wilson's Reimagines Gershwin Tour and Barbra Streisand's Back to Brooklyn Tour).

Levon is an avid explorer of improvisation, which forms the basis for his workshops, master classes and published articles. A recipient of the Governor General of Canada's acknowledgment for musical excellence and International Association of Jazz Educator's All Star Jazz Award, he has also been the cover feature in numerous music magazines.

 

"A Guitarist skilled in multiple modes, Levon Ichkhanian wins plaudits everywhere he plays . . . His often dazzling technique is fortified by unusual melodic and harmonic abilities and the merging of Mideast sounds with contemporary jazz accents". TORONTO STAR

"Travels is a worthwhile listen for any musician out there. Featuring contributions from heavyweights such as Alain Caron and Wilson Laurencin, the album blends many styles seamlessly together for an enjoyable listen" CANADIAN MUSICIAN MAGAZINE

'Guitarist Levon Ichkhanian's Armenian Heritage makes his melding of jazz and world music seam natural . . . a fabulous player" WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

 

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