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Singer-songwriter Stepan Gantralyan interprets his lyrics in French, Armenian, German and Russian, combining these chansons with modern Armenian tradition.

Stepan Gantralyan
Stepan Gantralyan © Vincent Julien Piot

Charles Aznavour (1924 - 2018) is the epitome of French chanson of the last 50 years. Born in Paris to an Armenian family, his work combines the poetry and charm of the French tradition with the rich musical heritage of his ancestors.

Stepan Gantralyan, born in Yerevan (Armenia), is an actor, director and songwriter. He came to Germany on two Goethe scholarships and was first engaged as an actor at the Theater an der Ruhr with Roberto Ciulli from 1999 to 2005.

Since then he has been living in Berlin as a freelance actor. In recent years he has appeared in productions such as:
  • "The end of the process", project by Pietro Mele, 2012 video performance, Berlin/Genua.
  • "Not I am the murderer" - The trial of Talaat Pasha, documentary theatre performance, 2010 to 2012.
  • Heimathafen Neukölln, Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Bühne der Kulturen Cologne and others.
Since 2008 he has also often performed as a singer.

Vincent Julien Piot (Berlin/France), a pianist trained in Poitiers, Paris and Berlin, has lived in Germany since the mid-90s. Pianistically, he feels most at home with Debussy, Mozart, Schubert and Schönberg. He devotes a substantial part of his musical activity to vocal accompaniment and improvisation. This has resulted in a ten-year collaboration with Stepan Gantralyan, where songwriting, harmonising and arranging correspond in creative alternation.

The Café Lyrik in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg offers live music in an intimate, cosy atmosphere four days a week. The café is only open for the four selected concerts in the areas of chanson, klezmer, tango and jazz from Wednesday to Saturday from 7 pm.  

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