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Hila (Artyom Manukyan & Dawatile)
Underdog Records
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February 2020
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"21" is the well-crafted, sharp and original first album by the duo HILA, composed by American cellist Artyom Manukyan (who already collaborated with Kamasi Washington, Daedalus, Flying Lotus, Run DMC, Gretchen Parlato, Raphael Saadiq, Clive Lowe Mark...) and French producer Dawatile. The combination of jazz, Los Angeles beat-scene and the vibrations of 80s and 90s Soviet Armenia make it a striking and unprecedented fusion. These kind of nostalgic and unconventional references forcefully shake the codes of mainstream culture to create a sincere, raw and intimate expression. "HILA" was born from a spontaneous and intense creative impulse between Artyom Manukyan, a Los

Angeles-based Armenian celloist and his partner in crime, David Kiledjian aka Dawatile, a French multi- instrumentist of Armenian descent. This project is proving to be a true master stroke given that it only took 21

days for the duo to make it a reality. "HILA" was made in less a moon cycle but captivates and electrifies audiences upon its first outings. "H.I.L.A" colors the warmth of the Californian "High" with Armenian vibes. The artists chose this name for their creation since both have a close and valuable connection to these locales. This journey began in 2007, on the day Dawatile went to Yerevan, the capital of this small country in the Caucasus mountain to realize a first fusion project centered around local folkloric music genres.

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