Ilia Mazia

Heart touching Armenian Duduk

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Professional duduk player experienced in different styles of music. Touch the hearts of your audience with authentic sound of Armenian duduk.

My name is Ilia Mazia. I play Armenian duduk for about twenty years. I performed and recorded with many artists in different styles - with world- and folk music bands (Ana Alcaide, Vellua, Ciwan Haco), with blues and rock musicians, with Jerusalem symphony orchestra, women's vocal ensemble Sirenot and electronic projects (Red Avenue, Digital Samsara). I can compose or improvise for you or play your written or recorded part. I can play duduk in authentic "Oriental" style, or with jazzy elements and feeling, or in "academic", classic style. I have high quality duduks in different keys.

Music for theater performance https://youtu.be/JdfJQYub4Dw
Timofey Reznikov, a producer behind David Guetta and DVLM https://open.spotify.com/track/5akKQXGie2789hu2m6R6Mc?si=d6b0979106a34ca6
Armenian love song https://youtu.be/3075w0iGXKU
Vellua - "Reo" https://youtu.be/YgBrwg5nnO0
My website http://duduk.co.il

I play also some other folk wind instruments - Armenian-Kurdish long shepherd flute called blul (kaval), tin whistle, ocarina, Native American flute etc. Please pay attention - I listed myself as "Flutes", "Oboe", "Clarinet", but I play duduk and some ethnic flutes only. For recording I use the AKG mic C3000B. Feel free to ask any questions clicking the green 'Contact' button above. I will work on your project until you are satisfied.I look forward to working with you!

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

26 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by jared l.
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    Ilia added a beautiful color to our track with some great melody lines.
    turn-around time was also super quick! highly recommended!

  2. Review by Nitin Muralikrishna
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    Ilia is a pleasure to work with.His musicianship and quality is top notch. Very professional.

  3. Review by Daniel A.
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    Ilia added a beautiful duduk track to our song. Soulful and well played. He gave us a lot to use in the mix and turned everything around quickly. We are grateful!

  4. Review by David H.
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    Beautiful playing, open to suggestions and ideas, easy to work with, and very timely and quality files... what more could you ask for! And all this for a progressive rock song, so Ilia is very open to different genres too. Would work with again for sure!

  5. Review by Audiowell
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    Ilia is a great musician and delivered great sounding recordings to us.

  6. Review by Jxmmy J.
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    Ilia is such a great musician, he has a kind soul and he perfectly put it into his records.

  7. Review by Coreo Beat Productions, LLC
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    Illia did an amazing job on my track. Totally recommended!!!

  8. Review by anana
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    It’s been a pleasure to work with Ilia. He’s highly professional, prompt and most importantly his playing is exceptionally soulful.

  9. Review by Sheherazaad
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    What a fantastic human being! Thank you Ilia for your kindest patience and genuine care for my project, such that you spun such beautiful pieces with only a few days to spare and were always ready to make any necessary edits, going truly above and beyond. Deeply grateful and I highly recommend Ilia for his professionalism and wonderful work ethic, as well as his beautiful musicality.

  10. Review by Andrés S.
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    Working with Ilia was a great joy! I hired him to record Duduk melodies for a video game I scored and he delivered the tracks in an amazing turnaround, despite the difficulty of my music! His tone is very touching and evocative – you can feel the performer's humanity behind it. He also noticed a few mistakes in my tracks and offered expert advice on how to make it more playable for a real life Duduk. Very professional and accommodating!

  11. Review by Andrés S.
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    I really enjoyed working with Ilia. He's attentive to detail, efficient, fast, and communicates well. He works hard in perfecting the craft of his instrument in order to make it sound as beautiful as possible by making sure every musical decision is carefully thought out. I would love to work with him again in the future!

  12. Review by Jxmmy J.
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    Ilia was such a great professionist on my record I cannot explain!
    5 stars

  13. Review by Ye X.
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    llia is perfect , very helpful, kind, considerate, and
    great musician you've ever met
    fall in love with duduk
    I would highly recommend llia !

  14. Review by Forest A.
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    My experience with Ilia is simply wonderful. A true professional, he plays the duduk beautifully and with a lot of heart.
    If you are looking for a duduk player he maybe is who you are looking for, very attentive and committed. I just can say I'm looking forward to work with him again!!

  15. Review by Yehia N.
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    Ilia is a pleasure to work with - very talented and easy to work with

  16. Review by Ben V.
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    It was a pleasure to work with Ilia. :) The project was quite tricky to be honest and required playing ON POINT and Ilia did it perfectly. Wonderful instrument... great sound and expression! Very well done.

  17. Review by M
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    Highly professional in every aspect. Delivered such an amazing performance and was fantastic to deal with. Can't recommend Ilia enough - simply superb and I eagerly look forward to working with Ilia again very soon.

  18. Review by Craig W.
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    Ilia was great. I had a week deadline for the project. He turned his part around in 36 hours. I couldn’t be more pleased with his work. He gave me four different takes for my composition that all stand on their own. I would definitely seek him out again.

  19. Review by Angel
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    Smooth and efficient work! Beautiful results and I look forward to collaborating again!

  20. Review by Marc G.
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    It's amazing. I'll work again with Ilia as soon as possible. Is a must for your productions. Trust me!

Interview with Ilia Mazia

  1. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  2. A: Listen carefully to sound samples on profile, read reviews, don't hesitate to ask as many questions as needed. Please let me listen to your song and explain me the task before making an order - duduk has limited possiblities, not everything is playable.

  3. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  4. A: My "A" duduk made by the legendary duduk maker Karlen and as many reeds as possible.

  5. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  6. A: I play Armenian duduk with a real feeling and with a deep authentic sound. I can compose or improvise for you. I can play your written or pre-recorded part. I can play duduk in authentic "Oriental" style, or with jazzy elements and feeling, or in "academic", classic style.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: Listening to a song\playback. Speaking\chatting with a client to understand her\his needs. Listening again and again. Recording. Listening.

  9. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  10. A: I just finished duduk recording for two compositions (one - my solo, one - with ensemble) for the theatrical play Edipus Rex in Kiev.

  11. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  12. A: I am in love with duduk for more than 20 years.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: World, ambient, folk, rock, pop... even classic... I had no experience with death metal yet, but I'd like to.

  15. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  16. A: Authentic soulful deep sound of duduk.

  17. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  18. A: A piece of my heart. :-)

  19. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  20. A: Making music.

  21. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  22. A: To work on your project until you are satisfied.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: Authentic soulful duduk playing.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel and anyone who reads this.

  27. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  28. A: "Duduk sound is good mainly for world\ ambient music". Definitely not! I performed and recorded with pop musicians, with blues and rock bands, with Jerusalem symphony orchestra and with women's vocal ensemble Sirenot playing contemporary classic music, collaborated with electronic projects (Vellua, Digital Samsara, Sergey Gabbasov).

  29. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  30. A: 1. Onur Seçki - Ethnic Percussion, Drums, Beat https://soundbetter.com/profiles/227671-onur-se%C3%A7ki 2. Tatiana Shishkova - amazing multi-talented vocalist https://soundbetter.com/profiles/135469-tatiana-shishkova

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Havik (Medieval Armenian chant)

I was the duduk player in this production

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Price can vary according to the complexity of the work. Send me your playback in wav or mp3 format and I'll send you raw mono tracks in wav.

GenresSounds Like
  • Djivan Gasparyan
  • Armenian Duduk
  • Pedro Eustache
Gear Highlights
  • duduks of the best Armenian masters
  • AKG mics
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  • Ana Alcaide "Ritual"Jun 01, 2022

    The new album of Ana Alcaide "Ritual" released, I recorded duduk for two songs on it. In May the album was #3 on the World Music Charts Europe and in June it 's #1! The 'world music charts europe' are formed by almost 50 radio professionals from Europe specializing in world music, who monthly vote for the best international albums within this genre.

  • Dao Lang - DuneMar 15, 2022

    https://youtu.be/x66kMYuu5Xk

    The new album of Chinese pop star Dao Lang featuring my duduk on the song called "Dune". Dao Lang was considered the best pop singer/artist of the year 2002 in China.

  • Red Avenue - the project of Timofey Reznikov, the producer of David GuettaOct 11, 2021

    Follow the link to YouTube

  • A new song with my duduk, this time from EcuadorSep 19, 2021

    YouTube link https://youtu.be/n8_lpydIdLE

  • Bethany Rae - GraceApr 03, 2021

    Another single from US. Cello and duduk - what can be more beautiful?


    Click to listen!

  • The Voice of HollandMar 07, 2021

    One of the finalists of The Voice of Holland Dani von Veldhoven sings "Imagine" by John Lennon with my duduk in the playback.


    Watch and listen!



  • New rock album from England with my participationMar 03, 2021

    Listen! I play on two tracks - 8 and 10



  • Music for theaterDec 14, 2020

    I recorded duduk for the beautiful music of Ukrainian composer Ivan Ogloblin.

    https://youtu.be/JdfJQYub4Dw

  • New song by Vellua projectOct 07, 2020

    Had the honor to record Armenian duduk for the beautiful song called Réo on the new album by Vellúa. Vellúa is an international music project, composed, arranged and produced in Sweden and Germany by two brothers Haco. The musicians involved are from Sweden and Norway, Iran and Israel, Russia and South America.  https://youtu.be/YgBrwg5nnO0

  • New song by Vellua project featuring the legendary Kurdish singer Ciwan Haco and my dudukAug 10, 2020

    Vellua - Ev Jiyan (feat.Ciwan Haco)