In its ever-evolving state, jazz invites into its fold imaginative artists who freely and courageously pursue their own vision, not only built on tradition but also infused with their own personality and passion. In the case of pianist/keyboardist Tigran Hamasyan, potent jazz improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia. Tigran is one of the most remarkable and distinctive jazz-meets-rock pianists of his generation. Tigran’s fresh sound is marked by an exploration of time signatures, charged dynamics, the shifting between acoustic and electric modes of expression, all undergirded by an affinity to the grind of heavy metal.
Tigran’s latest album For Gyumri came out in 2018 on Nonesuch Records. Named after the city of his birth, Gyumri in Armenia, For Gyumri follows Hamasayan’s 2017 release, Ancient Observer (Nonesuch Records). While primarily focused on the jazz universe, his compositions seamlessly integrate Armenian melodies and traditions with classical, ambient and even heavy metal noise and capture a depth of vision far beyond Hamasyan’s years. All of these works showcase a compositional approach which is open-minded, and full of nuance and intrigue.
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