From the INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY 13 Sept 2015-09-15
TIGRAN HAMASYAN LUYS i LUSO
By Phil Johnson
Pianist- prodigy Hamasyan grew up in California, winning the famous Thelonious Monk prize and releasing his debut album while still a teenager. Now he’s returned to his birthplace of Armenia, from where he has made this extraordinarily beautiful recording of sacred music.
Arranged by Hamasyan, the pieces date back from the 5th to the 20th centuries and are sung by a 23-strong choir in an earthily passionate liturgical style. The role of the piano is vital: sometimes introducing a theme, sometimes improvising around it, Hamasyan uses the characteristic, Eastern-hued Armenian modes to summon up an ancient world. It’s very different to Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble’s million-selling Officium, but if you like that, you’ll love this.
Luys i Luso
Luys i Luso is a unique project for piano and voices by Tigran Hamasyan featuring Yerevan State Chamber Choir conducted by Harutyun Topikyan. (more…)
Tigran and his wonderful trio will grace the Siam Tent stage at WOMAD 2015 on July 25. He will be performing pieces from his latest Mockroot album as well as other older standards. This year the festival is being held outside of Malmesbury at Charlton Park. Tigran will go on late Saturday night (officialy Sunday morning) at 00:30.
Once again, famed sitar and zitar player, Niladri Kumar of India, returns to Sines in Portugal; July 24 on the fantastic Castle Stage. He will be accompanied by the wonderful Aura Rascon on the flute and the amazing Niti Ranjan Biswas on tabla.
Sona and her wonderful band will be playing on the Ecotricity stage at Charlton Park outside of Malmesbury for WOMAD 2015, on July 24th. She will be on from 13:00 to 14:00. Stick around for her appearance in Taste the World where she will share a special dish from her homeland, the Gambia, while explaining her musical journey, influences and inspirations; her band will play along with her! This starts at 18:00.
From The Guardian, Thursday January 22, 2015
Tigran Hamasyan: Mockroot review – a vibrant, personal take on songs from Armenia and beyond
Virtuosic burn-ups … Sam Minaie, Tigran Hamasyan and Arthur Hnatek. Photograph: Maeve Stam The dynamic young Armenian multi-instrumentalist/composer Tigran Hamasyan makes his Nonesuch debut with this session of (more…)
Tigran’s much anticipated latest record, “Mockroot,” was released in January 2015 on Nonesuchand has garnered some wonderful reviews.
May dates for TIGRAN
TIGRAN and his trio, comprised of Sam Minaie on bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums, played several show in May. On the 1st they were at the North Wall in Oxford, a lovely and intimate venue; on the 2nd they nipped over to Dublin to play the Button Factory, and then they crossed back on the 3rd to play the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. After a few days off they landed in Camden to play the Jazz Cafe on the 13th.
TIGRAN continues to be very busy, either on the road or composing yet more material. The hottest new piano star only keeps getting hotter!
LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL NOVEMBER 2013
“Not since the days of the anthemic finales and light-show theatricals of the Esbjörn Svensson Trio has a stage in the London jazz festival vibrated with so much pop-jazz energy as was unleashed on Tuesday by the 26-year-old Armenian TIGRAN,” remarked the Guardian in the explosive show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall by TIGRAN. All cylinders were firing once TIGRAN and his quintet hit the stage. He was clearly enjoying himself and the audience ate it up.
From The GUARDIAN November 1, 2013
TIGRAN: SHADOW THEATER On Universal/Verve Records
TIGRAN can count Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau as fans. But even if the 26-year-old Armenian pianist and singer/songwriter stuns piano stars (more…)
WHAT’S ARMENIAN FOR JAZZ? By John Lewis
(From The Guardian, October 25, 2013)
Somewhere, there’s home-movie footage of a three-year-old TIGRAN Hamasyan at his childhood home in rural Armenia. He is listening to Black Sabbath’s Paranoid and freaking out on a toy guitar. “That was my childhood ambition,” he laughs. “Still, to this day, if I could become a killer guitar player in a couple of years, I’d quit playing the piano and start learning now. I’d love to front a thrash metal band!” (more…)