The Budapest based Armenian band Deti Picasso plays an unusual sort of music - head-spinning and sharp, with strong ethnic roots, psychodelia and hypnotic energy. They interprete ancient Armenian chants with incredibly expressive female vocals, transparent guitar music and a soft harp sound. At the centre of the band is Gaya Arutyunyan - one of the most original singers of the Russian world music and rock scene. Gaya's voice is not operatic, smooth, or even attractive. It is jagged, nervous, and urgent.
Between 2006 and 2011 they have toured a lot, played on the most important festivals and club scenes in Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. They supported Massive Attack and Depeche Mode during their Russian tour in 2002, shared stage with Goran Bregovic, Roy Paci or Aretuska. They played and recorded with such musicians as Alexander Hacke bass player of the German industrial band Einstürzende Neubauten, Nicola Sekulovic ex-member of Laibach, Jason Webley the American punk-accordeonist also notable for working with Amanda Palmer, Moldavian ethno rock band Zdob si Zdub, famous Russian double bass player Vladimir Volkov, Hungarian funk-jazz monsters Masfel and the legendary Budapest based sax player Istvan Grencso. The lead singer Gaya Arutyunyan has also performed in The Bobble improvised opera of Bobby McFerrin. Their domestic and international success is also notable for being achieved without the aid of label backing.
Among the most important festival appearences of the band are Festival Musicas do Mundo in Portugal, Arezzo Love Festival (Big Stage) in Italy, Sziget festival (World Music Big Stage, Wan2 Stage) in Hungary, Rock for People and Na jednom brehu festival in the Czech Republic, Trnfest in Slovenia, Fete de la Musique in France, Gogolfest in Ukraine and many more!
In 2014 Deti Picasso went through some changes in the line up, when Gaya and Karen were joined by Anasztazia Razvaljajeva on harp and Aron Porteleki on drums.
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