Nour, meaning light in Arabic and pomegranate in Armenian, is the project created by Georges Kazazian and Tigrane Kazazian, born in Yerevan, Armenia, in autumn 2017.
Project Nour is a dialogue between two string instruments, the oud, warm and powerful in its colors and tonalities, the king of instruments in the Arab world, and present in Armenian culture for centuries. It is also a dialogue between father and son, a privileged look into an intimate conversation.
The Nour project is mostly composed by Georges Kazazian and Tigrane Kazazian and some tracks are the outcome of a mutual composition between Georges Kazazian and Tigrane Kazazian, in Yerevan and Cairo, 2016. The various pieces such as Wind Dance, Ballade Andalouse, Dancing Flowers aim to bring serenity and accompany the listener in a journey of introspection.
Nour is a journey into the world of sounds, imagination, and movement. The music is a fragile balance between composition and improvisation. The colors develop from traditional to contemporary music. However, it is difficult to describe the music with words, listening tells all.
Georges Kazazian, born in Cairo, Egypt, of Armenian origin, has been composing and performing for more than thirty years. His music has been described by a critic as “a sensual and refined alchemy of sounds”.
In a fragile balance between written compositions and improvisation, his warm timbered music, rich in colors and tonalities, nourished with influences born from his personal story and encounters throughout the world, draws an inner path to travel, expressed through his instrument, the oud. He plays it with a unique and caressing touch.
Kazazian shed light, in an innovative way, on traditional Egyptian instruments, which have been accompanying him since his debut, weaving elegant, profound and sophisticated conversations. Later, he added other instruments such as the accordion, cello, guitar, and piano.
Georges Kazazian has collaborated with great musicians such as Pedro Soler and Shiv Kumar Sharma, master of the Indian santoor and has performed at some of the most prestigious festivals around the world.
Today, it is with the Nour project that he continues his collaboration with Tigrane Kazazian, a musical dialogue between father and son.