The information below was taken from Visa’s Bio
In 2002, members of the band Neurobox, K’noup, and Hiram left New York City due to the stagnant music scene after 9/11. Destiny led them to Los Angeles where Visa was born in 2005. Visa’s grown into a nine-member, global rock phenomena. K’noup is the mastermind and the voice of Visa. His David Bowie like voice is complimented by the sexy drifts of the duduk. Played by the world famous Djivan Gasparyan’s grandson, the duduk is an ancient flute that intensifies and deepens the band’s progressive arrangements. While the percussion and drums create a dramatic and passionate beat.
Visa is an audio passport that integrates differing cultural rhythms with modern rock experimentation. In the De Facto and Eros albums, the music is pervaded by sonorities taken from Arabic, Armenian and Greek traditions blended with elements of rock and dance. In the upcoming album Made in Chernobyl , Russian and Eastern European styles and themes take center stage. K’noup’s original compositions resonate the sounds of past generations taking life in current times. Each band member’s distinct cultural roots and differing musical tastes weave the multi-ethnic sounds. The results are hip shaking and head banging music that is pure pleasure.
Visa performances evoke the urge to drift to exotic far away lands. K’noup commands the stage with his voice and presence and the band plays in perfect cadence. The audience is captivated and cannot escape the beat. Where can you experience Visa live? The Roxy, the Knitting Factory, the Viper Room, the Troubadour, House of Blues and the Alex Theatre in Glendale are among the many local venues. Visa loves to perform live and has garnered a large following in Los Angeles .
Visa released their second EP, De Facto in September 2007 along with an award winning music video for ‘Break out the violins’ from the album Maktub. In August 2008, the band released their second full length album entitled Eros. Visa is managed by Serjical Strike Management and is currently working on the release of Made in Chernobyl .
K’noup – Vocals, 12 String Guitar
Jivan Gasparyan Jr. – Duduk, Zurna
Orbel Babayan – Electric Guitar, Tar, Saz, Vox
Shant Bismejian – Electric Guitar
Andrew Kzirian – Oud
Alex Khatcherian – Bass
Suguru Onaka – Keyboards, Accordian
Chris Daniel – Percussion
Hiram Rosario – Drums