So we recently got in touch with Leonar Mardirosian and what a gem of a person he is.
He is the best musician we have come across recently. We had a detailed conversation about his life and music Let us have a look on a interview.
When and why did you start playing?
As a child I played rhythms on anything I could, my desk, a bottle, my legs; however I started playing and picking up my first instrument at the age of 10.
Which instruments do you play?
My very first instrument was percussion, and then I learned piano and guitar.
What was the first tune(s) you learned?
The first I learned tune is called “bandari” which is a rhythm originated from the south part of Iran.
Is your family musical?
Not really, they always listen to different types of music but none of them
Describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities
My parents like classical and folk music and my sister is a singer and she sings pop and folk.
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
I admire Giovanni Hidalgo who’s the best percussionist in my opinion. I admire him because he spent his whole life mastering his instrument.
Which famous musicians have you learned from?
I have learned from Giovanni Hidalgo, and my dear friend Schubert Avakian who is a very talented musician and producer.
Who was your first teacher? Other teachers?
My first music teacher was Homayoon Nassiri who is an artist of the meinl percussions.
My piano Teacher was Lucy Nargizyan from whom I learned so many things about music and my Vocal teacher who in my opinion is one of the most powerful singers, Sara Naini.
Describe your first instrument. Other instruments.
Percussion is basically a harmony between the melody and the rhythm in my opinion; it’s the seasoning of the music.
Piano is the most beautiful and complete instrument especially for someone who wants to sing. And guitar is just a friend that’s always with you.
What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighbourhood or town?
In my hometown there was a banquet hall in which so many singers performed weekly, where I would stand and watch them. That’s where my interest in music started. Later on, when I played percussion I played on so many stages, all of which became beautiful memories for me.
Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?
I was influenced by a song called “morghe sahar” sang by the master Mohammad-Reza Shajarian. I was also influenced by Pink Floyd songs as well.
Who are your favourite musicians? Groups? CD’s?
Groups, I liked Pink Floyd, Beatles and Darkoob band.
Musicians, well my list is pretty big, but I can name a few, Giovanni Hidalgo, Paco de Lucia and Fazil say.
Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV?
I performed mostly in concerts; I also performed in a TV show called “Thursday night fever”
Do you play for dances? Step-dancers? Describe the differences.
I played for flamenco dancers only, which I really enjoyed.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
I assume it didn’t happen and I continue with a better energy and performance.
Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
I believe every performer gets nervous before a performance, especially when they are a perfectionist. Nevertheless, the nervousness becomes an excitement after performing so many times.
What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
I would suggest practicing more and more; this will raise their self confidence and reduce their nervousness.
Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?
I attend musical sessions where we gather musicians and perform together either for fun or for a big performance. Chemistry and a good knowledge of music among musicians and singers makes it an enjoyable session.
How often and for how long do you practice?
I practice every day. Almost two hours per day.
What do you practice – exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?
I first practice the basics and then some rhythms and at the end I try to create a new musical piece.
Do you teach music?
I used to teach for a very short time but lately I have been very busy with performances so I don’t have much time to teach any more.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
We have 24 hours in each day. I believe if we manage our daily hours, we will be able to do anything we desire.
So this was the detailed discussion with Leo, after this we can say that what a hardworking and dedicated person he is.
His success is definitely making the noise!