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.
Tigran’s new musical undertaking is the fresh and attractively youthful representation of the Armenian sacred music of the 5th to 19th centuries from his perspective and will be released by the internationally acclaimed record label ECM in September 2015. The repertoire ranges from enthralling hymns and sharakans to breathtaking chants by Grigor Narekatsi, Nerses Shnorhali, Mesrop Mashtots, Mkhitar Ayrivanetsi, Grigor Pahlavuni, Komitas, Makar Yekmalyan, etc., arranged for piano and voices by the pianist himself. All the compositions apart from “Patriarchal Ode” (Հայրապետական մաղթերգ) are written in Grabar, also known as Classical Armenian – the oldest attested form of the Armenian Language. (more…)
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…)