Sayat Nova is the greatest Armenian troubadour (ashough) that has ever existed. This great musician and poet is remembered by Armenians as Sayat Nova, the King of Songs, an homage to his stature and prestige. The known body of songs attributed to Sayat Nova numbers around 220, written in three different languages, 31 of which are in Armenian; but the true volume of his work may have reached the thousands. This is a 2 CD set and is the first to feature all of his 31 Armenian songs in one production. It is performed by the Sayat Nova Ensemble of Armenia with Tovmas Poghosyan as the artistic director and produced by Hamazkayin Music Committee of Los Angeles, CA.
Jazz bassist Richard Bona was born and raised in the West African nation of Cameroon, going on to session dates with Joe Zawinul, Regina Carter, and Bob James as well as a two-year stint as musical director for the great Harry Belafonte. He made his debut as a headliner in 1999 with Scenes from My Life, and two years later Reverence came out.