Tatev is an electric songster, a film composer and performer whose music and voice feel right at home in rock, jazz, soul, Armenian folk, classical and pop. Tatev’s name means “Give Wings” in her native Armenian, which inspires her body of work that upholds the liberating prophecy of her name.
A multidisciplinary arts entrepreneur, translator and activist, Tatev was born in post-soviet Armenia on July 7th in 1987. She immigrated to America in 2003, where she received a full scholarship to NJPAC’s Jazz For Teens program, followed by her classical piano, voice and jazz studies at William Paterson University.
Her professional experience includes work at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, leading Song Writing and Recording workshops at TUMO in Yerevan and over twelve years of live performances throughout the U.S. and abroad. She has performed with Tigran Hamasyan, Grammy-nominated Arto Tunçboyacian and Benito Gonzalez. Tatev is a New York based musician whose constant collaborators are Kate Victor, Campblicated and Phil Painson. She is the 2024 vocal lead at Festival International De Jazz Et Des Cultures Africaines and has performed at Festival Internacional de Jazz de Punta del Este. Tatev was a music ambassador at OneBeat Colombia in 2019 and a YoungArts composer’s grant recipient whose vocal arrangement for the “Sounds of Sevan” project became the winner at the London International Motion Pictures Awards.
Tatev’s musical influences, belief in the universality of sound, inspirations from fables, languages, enlightened peoples and connections with Mother Nature weave a rich and genre-fluid career path.
Tatev is a provocateur against stagnancy, irrational biases, and patriarchal and imperialist movements around the world. Her unique approach to life employs the senses, language, dance, oral traditions and simple daily acts like cooking as integral parts of expanding the mind. She believes that with curiosity, acceptance and understanding we can work to alleviate individual and universal suffering.
“With her classical, Armenian folk and jazz training, Tatev brings a wide range of styles and abilities to any musical environment with a distinctive voice. Tatev has a positively infectious energy on and off stage.”
-Rich DeRosa | University of North Texas | professor of jazz composition and arranging
“She has great flexibility in her voice, effortless ability to play the piano, hand percussions and the vibraphone with boundless imagination, flair for orchestration and flawless execution.”