Tigran Hamasyan

Tigran Hamasyan, “StandArt” (Nonesuch)

During the past decade and a half, Tigran Hamasyan has earned a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking improvising musicians, deftly incorporating Armenian folk, rock, electronic and classical elements into his sound. His latest record comprises (almost) exclusively American standards from the 1920s through the 1950s. It’s a look back, but the results are.
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Tigran Hamasyan explores the Great American Songbook on new album StandArt – video track preview of Elmo Hope’s ‘De-Dah’

Known for his adventurous blend of his native Armenian folk music with acoustic, electronic and rock sounds, pianist Tigran Hamasyan is set to release his first album exploring classic American jazz standards on his new Nonesuch album, StandArt. The album features songs from the 1920s through the 1950s, by Richard Rodgers, Charlie Parker, Jerome Kern, David Raksin, and others alongside a piece Hamasyan improvised with his bandmates – bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Justin Brown – and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who is featured on two of the album’s tracks.

Song of the Day: Tigran Hamasyan, “Ara Resurrected (Dawatile Remix)”

Armenian pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan has released the remix of “Ara Resurrected,” a song that had originally appeared on his acclaimed 2020 full-length, The Call Within. The remix, released via Nonesuch, was recorded by David Fowatile Kiledjian, a.k.a. Dawatile, and finds the producer/composer/instrumentalist adding electronic elements to Hamasyan’s piano playing from the original recording. Listen to it via the player below. “Ara Resurrected (Dawatile Remix)” also follows Hamasyan’s previously-released variation on “Our Film,” another track from The Call Within, titled “Revisiting the Film.”

Tigran Hamasyan Announces The Call Within Tour

Acclaimed pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan has announced the upcoming The Call Within Tour in July 2021. Throughout the tour, Hamasyan will be performing music from his new album, The Call Within. The album, inspired by maps from different time periods in history, explores poetry, Christian and pre-Christian Armenian folk stories and legends, along with astrology, geometry, ancient Armenian design, rock carvings, and cinematography.

Tigran Hamasyan Performs Charlie Parker's "Big Foot" Solo

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan marked the release of his new album, StandArt - his first album of American standards - last Friday and International Jazz Day on the following day with a solo piano performance of Charlie Parker's "Big Foot," which you can watch! Hamasyan performs the tune on the new album with saxophonist and label mate Joshua Redman.