At first glance, it’s the dance music side of Andy that stands out. Somewhere between the mystery of an ancient civilization and music that dates back 5000 years and the youthful brashness of modern music, Andy has made his own unique place in music history. He has created a new fusion of sound that combine traditional Middle Eastern instruments with the Western world’s drum and bass, guitar and modern technology. His global sound embraces many exotic influences. Aside from his Persian- Armenian heritage, Andy combines lush Arabic modes with African rhythms, which he spices with Spanish flamenco guitar licks, and western dance music. Besides Farsi and Armenian, his two native languages, Andy sings in English and Spanish.
Ironically, even though Andy ’s music is banned in his home country of Iran, his albums sell into the millions, though all are underground and bootlegged.
From his early childhood in Teheran, his life has been a study in contrasts. His father built roads, yet the family had no car. They were beyond poor – nine people living in a small one-room house but his mother’s careful management kept food on the table and enabled his parents to put six children through school. Their house was filled with love, laughter, and most importantly for Andy, music.
As Andy was beginning to explore his musical roots, his native land began to broil with turbulence. The Islamic Revolution under the new religious leadership brought civil war and Andy made the decision to leave Iran. The revolution has made it impossible for Andy to perform in his native country because of the governmental ban on Persian pop music recorded outside the country.
Besides the profound respect Andy has for Persian and Armenian poetry and traditional music, he developed an abiding love for contemporary Western music. His musical icons include the Beatles, Deep Purple, Ray Charles and the masters of jazz, but mostly it is his love and respect for Santana’s chugging Afro-Latin rhythms that influenced him the most. And like Santana, Andy invited some of the world’s most famous musical artists to collaborate on his latest album.
Today, Andy is the living proof of the American dream.. He credits Los Angeles, a city of contrasts that helped him forge his unique sound, and the musical mosaic that resulted has catapulted him to superstardom.
Audiences can’t get enough of this exciting combination: the poetic beauty of Persian and Armenian music set against the vibrant backdrop of dance music. Andy’s songs break every tradition and some taboos, but young and old alike, from East to West, now pack his concerts and rush to buy his albums. His latest CD is entitled “Airport” (CMG) which has released worldwide.
Once a professional soccer player, Andy’s love for the game has remained throughout the years and he will be the Featured Halftime Performer for the exclusive Chelsea VS Inter-Milan Soccer Match at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on July 21st, 2009.