Tuncboyaçiyan [Tuncboyaçi], Arto
- Gary W. Kennedy
(b Galataria, nr Istanbul, Aug 4, 1957). Armenian percussionist. He has worked under both spellings of his surname. At the age of 11 he began performing professionally in bands with his older brother, and from around 1972 he worked in Europe. Later he moved to New York (c1981), and he eventually settled in New Jersey. In the mid-1980s he became a member of Ed Schuller’s ensembles, and he played in Gust William Tsilis’s group Alithea (recording in 1986) and in Armen Donelian’s quintet (1986–91). In addition he performed with Al Di Meola’s band World Sinfonia (from 1990), Marc Johnson’s Right Brain Patrol (from 1991 into mid-1990s), Arthur Blythe (from c1991), and Hank Roberts’s trio Little Motor People (recording in 1992); he took part in recording sessions with Jim Pepper (1988), Mitch Watkins (1989), Dino Saluzzi and Ellery Eskelin (both ...