About Tristan Avakian


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“AN EXTRAORDINARY TALENT” – DAVEY JOHNSTONE (ELTON JOHN)

“Destined to be, like, huge…so powerful that when I play it my dog hides under the couch…”

GEORGE TABB, N.Y. PRESS

“I love your playing, Tristan. It’s very clear and full of feeling.” SAM ANDREWS (BIG BROTHER)

“Just wanted to say how great it was to see you playing so well and that I listened to your wonderful CD. You have a great pop sensibility…” STEVE STEVENS (BILLY IDOL)

“A fine musician – produces beautiful effects.” MARIE-HELEN GAGNON (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL)

Principal Instrument: GUITAR, VOCALS

Secondary instruments: BASS, SYNTHESIS/SAMPLING/SOUND DESIGN, DRUM PROGRAMMING

Recording:

Played the majority of the instruments on the new Snow record, release date TBA, including a remake of his massive international hit, “Informer”.

Played the majority of the instruments on Quebec rock artist Eric Lapointe’s English-language debut. Steve Thompson (Guns and Roses, Madonna) producer

Lauryn Hill -Recorded a number of tracks for her follow-up to her 5-Grammy-winning, 7x-platinum debut, “The Mis-Education of Lauryn Hill”.

Atlantic Recording artists Antigone Rising – debut album. Rob Thomas, producer

Beth Hart -Screamin’ For My Supper(143 Records/Atlantic 83192-2)

Guitar

Biohazard-Uncivilization(SPV Records)

All lead guitar

Jim Carroll – Pools of Mercury(Mercury Records 314 538 113-2)

Principal guitarist and co-writer.

Mariah Carey – Daydream (Columbia Records CK66700)

Guitar

Performing:

Currently the bandleader/contractor of “Stages of Rock” featuring the cast and band of Rock of Ages Canada and We Will Rock You Canada. Corporates and private events – Client list includes Starwood, ReMax, Sheraton, and the Royal Ontario Museum.

2010-11: LEAD GUITARIST IN “ROCK OF AGES” (TORONTO)

2009-10: LEAD GUITARIST OF THE ITALIAN PRODUCTION OF THE F&^%ING AMAZING WEST END MUSICAL “WE WILL ROCK YOU”.

2009 – Featured performer at CityTv’s annual New Year’s Eve bash in Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall Toronto. Played an original arrangement of Auld Lang Syne for a live audience of 40,000 and a national television audience of millions.

Guitar 1 in the Toronto production of the smash hit musical “We Will Rock You” for all 2+1/2 years of its chartbusting run. (2007-09)

Lead guitarist of Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam”

Lead guitarist of Atlantic recording artists the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, one of the 5 top-grossing touring acts of 2003 (POLLSTAR, Rolling Stone)

Tara Maclean (Nettwerk recording artist).

Lead guitarist in the Tony-award-winning hit Broadway musical “Movin’ Out”.

Lead guitarist in Dee Snider’s Halloween horror-rock extravaganza, “Van Helsing’s Curse”.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”- Featured in the role of Kryzyztoff in the smash Off-Broadway musical.

Film and Television

Featured role in John McTiernan’s “Rollerball” (MGM).

“Summer of Sam” – guitar coach to principal Adrien Brody and and general technical consultant to director Spike Lee.

“Clockstoppers” (Paramount) – guitar (with 90-piece orchestra) Jamshied Sharifi – composer

“STRANGELAND”- former Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider’s cinematic vehicle. Played on composer Anton Sanko’s score and co-wrote title track, featured on the soundtrack album (TVT Soundtrax 8270-2) with contributions from Marilyn Manson, Kid Rock, Sevendust, Pantera, and others.

Teaching:

Clients include Lauryn Hill, Rohan Marley, Chynna Phillips, Billy Baldwin, and Adrien Brody.

Director of Toronto Rock Camp’s Intermediate/Advanced Guitar Intensive workshop

Demos are available on request.


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