Aga Zaryan born January 17, 1976 - is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist of the new generation. Aga conveys the finest of the history of jazz to today's audiences, continuing the traditions of great artists like Shirley Horn, Carmen McRae and Joni Mitchell. She is known for her distinctive style, class and intimate approach to singing, with a characteristic lightness of phrasing and warm, slightly matte-toned voice. Aga Zaryan has been successful in integrating ambitious artistic goals with popular appeal, recording four albums to date, all of which have earned gold, platinum or multi-platinum status in Poland. In 2008 she was honored with the Polish muisic industry's most prestigious prize - The Fryderyk Chopin Award. She was nominated for the title of Woman of The Year 2008 by Gazeta Wyborcza-Wysokie Obcasy, one of Poland's most influential and widely circulated newspapers. Aga was also named Jazz Vocalist of The Year in the European Jazz Forum Magazine's yearly Jazz Top readers' poll in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She has appeared in clubs and at festivals in Poland, England, the USA, Germany, Israel, France, Norway, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Turkey, Portugal, Russia and Iceland.
In 2010, in recognition of her activity in the area of promotion of the Arts and Culture, as well as her overall cultural and artistic achievements, Aga was named an honorary cultural ambassador for the capitol city if Warsaw.
In March 2010 her latest record “Looking Walking Being” was released with prestigious label Blue Note Records. It was released on Polish territory only and it waits its international premiere.
MUSICAL BEGINNINGS While still in her teens, Aga developed a passion for music and theatre. After hearing the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Miles Davis, Aga decided to become a jazz vocalist. She studied voice at the Fryderyk Chopin Public Secondary School of Music, and attended the Post-Secondary Jazz Studies Program there, graduating with honors. Aga was awarded scholarships to attend international Jazz workshops on two occasions: the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West, both in the United States, where she was able to further develop her vocal skills. SOLO CAREER In 2002, Aga's debut album “My Lullaby” �” recorded with a group that included Tomasz Szukalski, Darek Oleszkiewicz, Micha³ Tokaj and £ukasz ¯yta - was released. This collection of jazz standards, sung with the backing of a jazz quartet in original and personal interpretations, brought her critical acclaim as one of Poland’s premier vocal talents. In 2006, Aga performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in Warsaw, opening for Branford Marsalis, an occasion which enabled her to introduce herself to a wider audience as a great performer and sophisticated jazz vocalist. Since that time, Aga has appeared in clubs and at festivals in Poland, England, the USA, Germany, Israel, the Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Turkey, Portugal, Russia and Iceland. In 2006 the premiere of “Picking Up the Pieces” took place �” an album recorded in Los Angeles with a first-rate international line-up of musicians: Larry Koonse (guitar), Munyungo Jackson (percussion), Nolan Shaheed (cornet) and Darek Oleszkiewicz (double-bass). “Picking Up the Pieces” is comprised of a set of eleven songs that tell the stories of women, illustrating their life, emotional and spiritual situations. Thanks to it's exceptionally intimate feel, the album was very well-recieved critically and enjoyed great commercial success, becoming a Bestseller which achieved platinum status. With the release of “Picking Up The Pieces”, Aga Zaryan established herself not only as one of Poland's premiere jazz vocalists, but as an artist of international standing. In early 2007, Aga travelled to the United States for a series of concerts with her American line-up, appearing in prestigious jazz venues such as Joe's Pub in New York City and Blues Alley in Washington D.C. The concerts were enthusiastically received by the public, with critics across the ocean taking notice of Aga's talent as well.