Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan’s artistry marries jazz and the Armenian folk tradition. It is this unusual combination that lies at the heart of one of the most distinctive talents to emerge on the international jazz scene in some years.
Tigran’s unique profile displays dazzling piano dexterity with an undeniably profound sense of composition. He’s equally at ease with jazz, classical music, Armenian popular repertoire, rock, heavy metal, or avant-garde.
His new album “Shadow Theater”, recorded with his band, is a fresh, inspiring sound that combines many colourful elements, capturing the listener into a musical journey.
He is the hottest pianist in Jazz fuelled by his passion, atmospheric punk jazz improvisations fused with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia.
“A-may-zing! Now, Tigran, you are my teacher” – Herbie Hancock, on stage Festival Orleans Jazz
“Where so much contemporary jazz can be a dreary display of muscle memory, Tigran has found a way to keep improvisation fresh and lyrical. Other jazz musicians would be wise to take note.” – The Guardian
”Loving the Tigran album – a big talent” – Gilles Peterson