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 Matossian'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. In 2004, Matossian 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 interpretation of "Groong" (The Crane) was also featured in Canadian-Armenian filmmaker, Araz Artinian’s documentary, The Genocide in Me. Matossian' second album, In the Light, combined her interpretations of traditional Armenian folk songs and her own original compositions.
Produced once again by Adam Popowitz, her ensemble included Elliot Polsky on percussion, Gordon Grdina on oud, Jesse Zubot on violin, Pepe Danza on flutes, Adam Popowitz on mandolin and banjitar, and Martin Haroutunian on duduk. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more