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In the Light

by Mariam Matossian

Mariam's stunning new album, her follow-up to the compelling Far From Home, showcases her pure, passionate vocals; Armenian folk music, moving original music complimented by the beauty of the oud, violin, mandolin, duduk, bansuri and percussion.
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Mariam Matossian is an example of the musical treasures that exist in the world next door. Vancouver born and raised, Mariam has been collecting traditional Armenian folk songs and writing her own melodies since she was a child and initially, singing mainly in her community. Most of the traditional songs she sings have been passed down through her family - songs that have been favourites of her grandmother and her mother, and now they have become her own favourites. With over ten years of training in classical voice, Mariam brings the range and control of a classical singer to the spontaneity and passion of the folk tradition and combines the two to produce a synthesis that has earned her rave reviews from everyone who has heard her.

In 1998, she travelled to Armenia, the first member of her family to set foot in the Homeland. She volunteered for an English language newspaper there and through that work, learned about the plight of the many street children. In 2002, she took a leave of absence from her teaching career to return to Armenia to work with these children. It was during this time that Mariam's passion for singing met her new commitment to bring attention to contemporary Armenia. When she returned to Vancouver, she continued to perform the songs she had learned from her family and songs she had learned in Armenia, including those taught to her by some of the children she had worked with in Yerevan. Those who heard her sing told her she needed to record.

In 2004, Mariam released her first CD, Far From Home and began performing with her ensemble which includes accomplished musicians from the jazz and world music scene in Canada. Her debut recording has won rave reviews and has had airplay across Canada and in the United States. It was chosen as one of Echoes 25 Essential Albums for 2005 in the United States. Mariam's interpretation of Groong/The Crane was also featured in Araz Artinian's moving documentary, The Genocide in Me.

And now, Mariam is on the verge of moving deeper into our hearts with her new album, In the Light.

Mariam's stunning second album, In the Light, is an incredible new work that is already generating an enthusiastic response from listeners worldwide. This amazing new album showcases Mariam's mesmerzing pure vocals and her moving, engaging interpretations of traditional Armenian folk songs. This album also includes Mariam's beautiful new compositions including the haunting Narineh that she dedicates to all victims of war. Produced once again by Adam Popowitz, this album features a team of extremely talented musicians including Elliot Polsky on percussion, Gordon Grdina on oud, Jesse Zubot on violin, Pepe Danza on flutes and Martin Haroutunian on duduk. Emotionally raw, vulnerable and genuine, Mariam's passion for her music is evident in every note and breath.

With a voice that's been described as uniquely lilting, mesmerizing and innocent, this rising artist is fast making a name for herself, and the rich music traditions of her Armenian heritage are finding a new and appreciative audience. Blessed with a beautiful voice and a natural stage presence, Mariam is beginning to share with the world at large her repertoire which includes the traditional folk songs of Armenia and her own creations as she and her band are invited to perform at festivals and in concert halls across the country. And in this way, Mariam is delighted that her dream of sharing the beauty and richness of her beloved culture with a world audience is being fulfilled.

REVIEWS

Matossian celebrates her heritage with a voice that is dark, rich, passionate and compelling. Gulf Islands Driftwood Newspaper

Rarely offered is the opportunity to listen to such an elegant voice charged with emotion. Behind this romantic and sensual voice is hidden, barely veiled, the history of a nation. Outstanding pronunciation, sublime music, superb tone of voice the high notes of traditional Armenian culture simply to be discovered. BC Jazz Magazine

In the words of renowned Canadian Jazz Vocalist, Karin Plato: “The first was a set with an Armenian singer Mariam Matossian with Gord playing the oud¦Mariam is actually a Canadian born vocalist but she comes from an Armenian background and has learned many of the traditional folk songs. She sings in a high clear voice and she tells little stories to the audience, which describe what each of the songs are about. Mariam is just lovely to watch and listen to on stage. She is absolutely natural and elegant and I enjoyed every minute of her singing. She and Gord make a wonderful duo team performing this haunting music. (http://karinplato.com/platos-words/2005/2005-October.html)

¦ a very clear, measured and ultimately sweet innocent style that captures the listener from her first breath¦ the eclectically acoustic based folk band is in full swing with Matossian's supremely focused approach. At times, Matossian's voice seems as though it is as light as air❠Raffi Meneshian, CEO Pomegranate Music
http://armenianmusicreview.blogspot.com/2005/08/mariam-matossian-far-from-home-self.html


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Nick

Stunning Set of Songs!
I adore Mariam's newest collection of songs. They are heartfelt and beautiful. A stunning set of musical ventures. Thank you, Mariam, for your second CD! I recommend this to everyone!

lynda alemian-duplissea

Once again Miriam Matossian brings ancient sound to life.
Once again, Miriam Matossian brings ancient sounds to life while supplementing Armenian folk lyrics with those of her own creation.

sargsanna@yahoo.com

Great Christmas Gift
"In the Light" is not only as good as the first CD, but it also makes a great Christmas gift. Listening to this CD one can contemplate and prepare for the Advent season. Good job Mariam, and may God continue to bless you and your sweet voice

Lynn

Awesome!
I love this CD! I can listen to it over and over and never tire of it. A good mix of songs with her wonderful, clear soprano voice. I highly recommend it!

Andre Nadon

In the Light
This is my first exposure to Armenian music, and I find the Haunting Beauty of it to be augmented by the beauty and Strenght of Mariam's Voice. Even though I may not understand the words, the music itself portrays such a grand amount of feeling as to more than make up for my lack of understanding. Truly magnificent.

Anita

Absolutely beautiful!
This CD is just as fabulous as Mariam's first musical venture, Far From Home. I find it delightful to listen to over and over again. Highly recommended!

Leo Natanian

Wonderfully crafted musically aesthetic sounds
There is no need to understand the lyrics in Armenian to be able to enjoy this wonderfully crafted musical CD. Matossian's voice triumphs throughout the CD making each and every song boom with vociferous melody. Interestingly, the CD has a very wide range of musical elements to enjoy, almost eclectic in nature, and brings it together wonderfully to nearly each song. My only critique of this CD is that I wish it had more of the uplifting songs as her previous CD. However, what she lacks in upbeat songs she makes up for it in the newer rhythmic elements she added in her newer music; truely a sign of a developing artist. Anybody who can appreciate a wide range of musical elements will surely enjoy this CD!

Bob Markarian Lawrence

Again, just stunning!
I have been very careful to not listen to this record all the way through yet - I want to savor each song. I have listened to just one or two songs at a time and I have been rewarded with some absolutley incredible music from Mariam and her friends. I love the interpretation Marian does on traditional songs and also her originals. Shad, shad shnorhagalutyun ays musica hamar, Mariam.

Errol

Lovely, sweet, simple, personal, low-key - folksey!
Same wonderful voice, but quite a different album to Far From Home - which had a bigger sound, with soaring and uplifting music that built up and reached higher - more like religious swells and centuries of tradition. This CD is more contemplative, personal, with less accompaniment -
it's lovely, quieter, more folksey.
I love them both.
Mariam is very special!

Andre Nadon

Hauntingly Sweet
Wow, what a beautiful voice to complement such amazing music. Truly exceptional.
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