Today: Michelle Smith Performing Arts 09:00AM - 05:00PM

Tigran Trio

Tigran Trio - Fri., Feb. 27, 2015 - 7PM & 9PM - Kogod Theatre 

Trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan draws on such influences as Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox and poetry. Nonesuch Records will release MOCKROOT, Tigran's label debut early in 2015.

With four critically acclaimed albums and an unceasing touring schedule, the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition winner has acquired a dedicated international following and accolades from the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau.

The Times of London said of his 2013 release Shadow Theater, "Armenian folk, electronic loops, heavenly voices and indie rock energy vie with Hamasyan’s rippling piano to create a dramatic, deeply melodic music unlike anything else you’ll hear this year.”

Visit the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library to learn more about this exciting and eclectic performer:

Shadow Theater — Tigran Hamasyan
Location:  Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number:  MCD 17422
Pianist Tigran Hamasyan’s latest release, Shadow Theatre, combines the folk songs of his native Armenia with jazz, pop, and electronic music influences. Driven by this blend of styles, Shadow Theater features an ensemble of musicians as diverse as its track list. Drummer Nate Wood and saxophonist Ben Wendel of the jazz-funk-fusion band Kneebody are complemented by Armenian folklorist and vocalist Areni Agbabian, jazz bassists Sam Minaie and Chris Tordini, French violinist and member of the chamber ensemble Trio Wanderer Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian, and French cellist Xavier Phillips. Led by Tigran Hamasyan at the piano, this eclectic ensemble explores uncharted musical waters.

A Fable — Tigran Hamasyan
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number:  MCD 17423
Tigran Hamasyan’s modern take on Armenian poetry and folk music shines through in his first solo recording, released in 2011. Eschewing the typical sounds of jazz piano in favor of a dreamlike and lilting atmosphere, these compositions weave in and out of traditional Armenian melodies and simple lullaby tunes with astounding dexterity. Hamasyan’s skill is showcased as he shifts between energetic dances and introspective ballads, and this recording provides an opportunity for listeners to glimpse the emotional core that drives this young pianist.

World Passion - New Era - Red Hail — Tigran Hamasya

Location: Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library — Paged Collections
Call Number:  MCD 17449
This triple-CD release is a must-hear for any jazz fan. Including three albums originally released in 2006, 2007, and 2008 respectively, this set combines the early recordings of a rising star. Hamasyan juxtaposes the sounds and rhythms of jazz reminiscent of Chick Corea with the timbres of his Armenian homeland. His exploration of this balance is a fresh approach to jazz in the early twenty-first century.