Tigran Hamasyan

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Your guide to Tigran Hamasyan: the Armenian musician at the cutting edge of contemporary jazz

If you don’t recognise the name Tigran Hamasyan, five minutes spent listening to his 2020 release The Call Within will dispel any slumberous preconceptions about “relaxing jazz piano”. A face-melting mixture of post-bop jazz, prog metal and Armenian folk music, the high-energy Levitation 21 kicks off his most intense album yet, some distance from his more spatial back catalogue. Past the sonic onslaught however, there’s a lot to admire here too; the puzzling, unquantifiable cross-rhythms, the sheer pianistic ability, and the way intense textures dissolve effortlessly into gently pulsing washes of sound, before falling abruptly back into intensity once again.
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