AEA Sessions: Artyom Manukyan – Sailor’s Song

Artyom's intricate cello composition

Cellist Artyom Manukyan gives a lively, kinetic performance of ‘Sailor’s Song’ at the Bridge Recording as an N8 and R88 listen in. The detailed attack from Manukyan’s fingers is vividly captured by the N8 perched two feet away, and the indirect sound of the cello in the room is recorded by a farther R88.

Watch Artyom Manukyan perform “Sailor’s Song”
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Listen to the individual tracks below. You can also compare a close-miked N8, R44CX, and R88 on bowed and pizzicato cello.

Behind the Scenes

  • AEA N8 - Cello
  • AEA R88 - Room Miking
  • Protools HD @ 96k/24bit
About The Artist

Cellist Artyom Manukyan first made his name as a musician to watch in his native Armenia and traveled the world as the youngest member of the BBC World Music Award-winning Armenian Navy Band.

Currently living in Los Angeles, Artyom is equally at home on the stages of jazz clubs, concert halls and rock festivals, performing with major international artists including Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run-D.M.C. fame and Grammy-winning Latin alternative rocker Draco Rosa, scoring for film and television or leading his electro-jazz quartet.

Artyom’s genre-defying approach to playing the cello like a bass emerged from a combination of his conservatory training and exposure to the music of hallmark jazz bassists including Jaco Pastorius and Marcus Miller.

A native of Yerevan, the Armenian capitol, Artyom was influenced as a child by the music of both his mother, a classical piano teacher, and his father, a part-time DJ known as the biggest collector of jazz vinyl in Armenia.

“We listened to jazz 27 hours a day in our house,” he says. “At the time I didn’t know a cello player who played jazz, so I copied what the bass players were doing.”

Artyom spent five years completing his classical cello education at the State Conservatory, and began playing in jazz bands before joining the 12-piece “avangard folk” Armenian Navy Band in 2006, playing the bass as well as cello.

Since moving to Los Angeles in 2010, Artyom has been in demand as a session musician and soundtrack composer, as well as performing live with diverse players including Peter Erskine, Hadrien Feraud, Charles Altura, MdCL, Tigran Hamasyan, Vahagni, VOCE, Gretchen Parlato, Virgil Donati and many more.

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