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Tigran Hamasyan
Solo Piano

Tigran Hamasyan

Oct 21
Joe Henderson Lab
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6:00 PM

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8:00 PM

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Jazz’s international reach means that American musicians often find passionate and knowledgeable audiences overseas, but the music has also put down roots in far-flung lands, leading to exquisite and unexpected hybrids. Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan embodies the way that jazz’s fertilization with traditions unconnected by African diaspora roots can lead to startlingly powerful new forms. At 30, he’s one of his generation’s most celebrated pianists, and a composer with an achingly beautiful body of tunes unlike anything else on the scene.

His riveting recitals have earned him an avid international following, though moving back to Armenia’s capital Yerevan after several years in Los Angeles and New York City has limited his North American exposure. His teenage passion for jazz was kindled in Yerevan by his piano teacher Vahag Hayrapetyan, a stellar player who studied with Barry Harris. Hamasyan was 16 when his family moved to LA, the same year he won the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He went on to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition in 2006. His extraordinary albums document his ever-deepening engagement with Armenian folk music, including 2017’s critically hailed An Ancient Observer and his recent EP For Gyumri (both for Nonesuch).

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His extraordinary albums document his ever-deepening engagement with Armenian folk music.

With startling combinations of jazz, minimalist, electronic, folk and songwriterly elements … Hamasyan travels musical expanses marked with heavy grooves, ethereal voices, pristine piano playing and ancient melodies. You’ll hear nothing else like this.

NPR Music

With startling combinations of jazz, minimalist, electronic, folk and songwriterly elements … Hamasyan travels musical expanses marked with heavy grooves, ethereal voices, pristine piano playing and ancient melodies. You’ll hear nothing else like this.

NPR Music

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Tigran Hamasyan piano

His touch is sublime.

DownBeat

Personnel

Tigran Hamasyan piano

His touch is sublime.

DownBeat

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Tigran Hamasyan

Fides Tua

Tigran Hamasyan

The Cave of Rebirth

Tigran Hamasyan

Fides Tua

Tigran Hamasyan

The Cave of Rebirth