‘COLD WIND’ release on the 31st of July!

You might have heard that before becoming a composer I’ve played trumpet. I started playing when I was 7 and by the age of 16 was quite a promising student when I damaged my embouchure and had to interrupt my career. Only a decade later I started playing again during my music lessons for children, then three years ago I joined a brass band and from this year on picked up on regular practicing. Lessons with Frank van der Poel and his method have been a great help in regaining the embouchure!

Right now I focus on Armenian traditional duduk repertoire which I play on a four valves quarter tone trumpet specially made by Hub van Laar. I bring the beauty and warmth of the duduk’s sound and its ornamentation into my trumpet playing. I would like to present to you an Armenian folk tune called ‘Hovern Elan’ which can be translated as ‘cool breeze’ or ‘cold wind’. This track is the result of collaboration with the talented and dear friend Pim van den Heuvel. The track will be released on all major streaming and download platforms on the 31st of July but you can already listen to it on Soundcloud:
Also, following the pre-save button you can open links to my track and pre-save it. Then on the 31st when my single is out it will be automatically added to your Spotify, Apple Music or other library of your choice.
Looking forward to your reactions on this release! Don’t hesitate to reach me out via social media, email or by phone.

I wish you all the best, good health and lots of inspiration!

Sincerely yours,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2022!

First of all, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! ūüôā

Unfortunately, quite a few concerts in December and January have been cancelled due to the lockdown but there are still some good news that I would like to share with you.

OnE DiMeNsiOn
AnD A HaLf
One Dimension and a Halfby Cinzia Nistico, where I played the trumpet part, has been selected by Radiophrenia Glasgow  and Future Nostalgia FM in Berlin for broadcasting. Schedules will be known by the end of January. Now we are in preparation of a live version of it as well. Stay tuned for updates!!
An imaginary journal for voice, trumpet and electronics
Script /music/voice: Cinzia Nistico
Trumpet: Igor Iofe

A journalist is invited to document an expedition aimed at reaching Earth’s fluid strata. The journal starts from her arrival at a base in the Antarctica, where 4 heat-proof shuttles will be lowered down a 200kms long vertical tunnel. Each shuttle will contain one single member of the expedition: the journalist will be one of them. However, a series of events both preceding and accompanying the expedition, will change the prospective of the whole mission.. The story alludes to the Nordic myth of Jörmungandr the World Serpent, who grew to the point that it could embrace the entire circumference of the Earth. In the myth, when Jörmungandr will release its tail Ragnarök will begin. Ragnarök is a series of natural disasters leading to the submersion of the Earth in water.

From The Athens To Amsterdam And Back

You can listen on Soundcloud to From The Athens To Amsterdam And Back, a beautiful piece by Thomas Nakas (aka tomi) that I recently recorded a trumpet part for.

Music/piano/production: Thomas Nakas
Trumpet: Igor Iofe

‘Days that gone never come back again. The name is of this project is representative of the process that music goes from Athens to Amsterdam and came back as feedback.’
I wish you all the best in 2022 and hope to see you all at the concerts next year ūüôā


‘Crossorads’ dates and locations

Hope you are all healthy and having great summer holidays! If you are in NL in August-October¬†I¬†would like to invite you to my program ‘Crossroads’¬†that I play with my girlfriend¬†Cinzia¬†Nistico. Last week on Saturday we have already played at an absolutely amazing location¬†Tolbar / Cinetol!

There are a few more dates coming up:

25th of August
 at Bildung 20.00

Together with Waterballet by Kamiel Rongen where he mainly focuses on the balance between sound and image, which expresses emotion and atmosphere. The digital world comes to life as a surreal dream in imaginative underwater landscapes. As a viewer you quickly get lost in an abstract audiovisual landscape. Book your place via: programma@stichtingbildung.nl

5th September at Noorderpark 11.00 (as a part of yoga meditation led by Karin Weinberg, next to cafe Pompet)

3rd October at Botanische Tuin ZuidasVan der Boechorststraat 8 1081 BT Amsterdam 12.00

‘Crossroads’¬†is¬†a meditative program of approximately 40 minutes made of four¬†traditional Armenian¬†melodies¬†for duduk and my own piece¬†“Healing”¬†that I arranged for a¬†quartertone trumpet¬†and a laptop. All¬†performances will be open air respecting the corona safety rules.

These concerts are made thanks to the Fonds Podiumkunsten, Cinetol, Stichting Bildung, Stichting Noorderpark and Stadshout Paviljoen Amstelpark.

I wish you all the best, good health and hope to see you at the concerts! ūüôā