Tamar Kaprelian: I hope my Depi Evratesil song “Touyn Ari” connects with Armenians

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Ahead of Depi Evratesil 2018 she’s collaborating with an all-star team of Armenian songwriters and creatives — including “Qélé, Qélé” composer DerHova.

And in the new year Tamar Kaprelian will finally unveil “Touyn Ari” (Poisoned) — the song she hopes will take her back to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Speaking with us inside the luxurious Rosewood Hotel in London last week, the Eurovision 2015 singer said that she’s been dreaming of returning as a solo act for a while.

“For the past few years I have been wanting to do it,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to do it solo. I’ve always wanted to write a song that could be cool for the competition. The formula for Depi Evratesil this year is such that each artist submits his or her own song. I’m really excited to be able to present the work that I’ve been working on with this amazing team we’ve put together.”

Eurovision fans sometimes forget, but Tamar had a long career as a singer and songwriter well before Armenia’s Eurovision 2015 group Genealogy took shape.

“The Genealogy experience was amazing. Each of us were very strong individual characters coming together for a special performance for an important year for the Armenians. It was cool. But what I’m really excited about with this opportunity in particular is I want people in Armenia to know me as a songwriter, as a singer and as a social entrepreneur and get to know the work I’m doing in the country — and my passion for the country.”

“I’m hoping this will also give me a platform for Nvak and all the things we’re trying to do to enhance the arts scene in Armenia.”

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It’s not just talk. Besides bringing together some of the country’s most talented youngsters every summer, Tamar continues to nurture them in the off-season. Three of her collaborators on “Touyn Ari” come from Nvak.

“One of our missions in Nvak is to really foster community and team work in collaboration. This song has been a big collaboration between myself, DerHova, Sebu and these incredibly young songwriters. I really want to be able to give these young talented kids in the country an opportunity to launch their own careers.”

The number they’ve created together mixes local flair with a global sensibility.

“It’s ethnic. It has these ethnic, Armenian qualities, but it’s also modern. I feel like it’s something you could hear on the radio now, which is cool. DerHova is one of the most talented producers and writers I’ve ever worked with.”

She’s already got big ideas for staging. And while she can’t divulge too much at this stage, Tamar does give us a bit to chew on.

“There will be choreography. It’s going to be tasteful. Most of my career I’ve been behind a piano. I’m a piano player. That’s my comfort zone. In this new transition I feel like I’m transitioning into a new part of my art. I really want to change it up. I’ve brought on Arthur, my creative director and choreographer, and he and I are working on some really cool choreography that is going to enhance the meaning behind the song.”

Will she make another attempt at Eurovision if she doesn’t succeed this time around?

“I really strongly believe that this is my year. I think that we have such a strong song and we have such a strong team that I really want to give it a big push this year…I’m really hoping that the song connects with the people in Armenia.”

Tamar, who our readers voted Eurovision’s Next Top Model in 2015, has nothing but fond memories of her experience in Vienna. And that’s mostly down to all of you.

“The Eurovision community is so amazing. It’s such a committed, friendly, excited group. I’m still in touch with some of the contestants and singers that were performing with me…It was by far one of the best experiences of my life.”

Are you excited to hear what Tamar has been working on? Do you miss the days when ethnic songs like “Qéle, Qéle” ruled Eurovision? Let us know in the comments box below!

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