For Gyumri

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Pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan's five-song EP For Gyumri was named in tribute to his hometown of Gyumri, Armenia. "I believe that our childhood experience shapes who we become when we grow into adulthood," says Hamasyan. "For Gyumri is an ode to my birthplace, the town that nourished my childhood world with great experiences and made me who I am."

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Nonesuch Records releases its third recording from pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan, For Gyumri, on February 16, 2018. A companion to last year’s An Ancient Observer, For Gyumri includes five additional songs.

"I believe that our childhood experience shapes who we become when we grow into adulthood," says Hamasyan. "For Gyumri is an ode to my birthplace, the town that nourished my childhood world with great experiences and made me who I am. The people and their characters, the soil, the water, the bread, the dialect, all the small streets, the architecture, churches, the mountainous air and everything else the town had to offer gave me memories that now seems like a magical dream that was once a reality.

"I would like to dedicate this album to my parents, grandparents, my great-grandfather Hovhannes Hamasyan, Avetik Isahakyan, Armen Tigranian, Hovanes Shiraz, Jivani, Sheram, Mher Mkrtchian, Levon Madoyan, and Mkrtich Malkhasyan."

Hamasyan named the album in tribute to his hometown of Gyumri, Armenia, where he was born in 1987 before relocating with his family to Los Angeles in 2003. He currently resides in Erevan, Armenia. Hamasyan began playing piano at the age of three and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was eleven, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He released his debut album, World Passion, in 2005 at the age of seventeen. The following year, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Additional albums include New Era (2007); Red Hail (2009); A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France); Shadow Theater (2013); Luys i Luso (2015); and Mockroot (2015), for which he won the Echo Jazz Award for International Piano Instrumentalist of the Year. In addition to awards and critical praise, Hamasyan has built a dedicated international following, as well as praise from Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau.

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PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Tigran Hamasyan
Recorded and mixed by Antoine Gaillet for FLAM Music
Assistant Engineers: Clément Gariel, Olivier Leducq
All tracks recorded at Studio de Meudon, Meudon, France
Additional vocals on “Aragatz” recorded by Sergey Gasparyan at Alphasound Recording Studio, Yerevan, Armenia
“Rays of Light” was recorded by Sergey Gasparyan at my house in Dzoraghbyur, Armenia. It was played on my grandmother’s and my own upright pianos.
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom

All compositions written by Tigran Hamasyan
All works published by Yergatun, administered by Universal Publishing (ex. USA and Canada)

Photography by Elena Hamasyan
Design by Jason Arias

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565456

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Tigran Hamasyan
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MUSICIANS
Tigran Hamasyan, piano, voices, post production

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Vinyl 10" + MP3
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16.00
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075597931235
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075597931211
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MP3
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5.00
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075597932553
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FLAC
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6.00
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075597932508
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News & Reviews

  • Tigran Hamasyan kicks off a North American tour with music from his new album of American standards, StandArt, at The Opera House in Brooklyn on Wednesday, followed by shows in Bentonville, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Ottawa, and Toronto. "Out of all the so-called jazz standard repertoire, there are a number of compositions that really have a special place in my heart,” he says in a new video about the making of the album. "It was a true blessing to record this project with Matt Brewer with Justin Brown as the trio and have guest appearances of Ambrose Akinmusire, Mark Turner, and Joshua Redman."

  • Tigran Hamasyan has announced a seven-city North American tour for this fall, featuring music from StandArt, his new album of American standards. The tour, with Hamasyan's StandArt band mates, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Justin Brown, kicks off at The Opera House in Brooklyn on November 9, with stops in Bentonville, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, and Ottawa, culminating at Koerner Hall in Toronto on November 19. The shows follow Hamasyan’s summer tour of Europe.

  • About This Album

    Nonesuch Records releases its third recording from pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan, For Gyumri, on February 16, 2018. A companion to last year’s An Ancient Observer, For Gyumri includes five additional songs.

    "I believe that our childhood experience shapes who we become when we grow into adulthood," says Hamasyan. "For Gyumri is an ode to my birthplace, the town that nourished my childhood world with great experiences and made me who I am. The people and their characters, the soil, the water, the bread, the dialect, all the small streets, the architecture, churches, the mountainous air and everything else the town had to offer gave me memories that now seems like a magical dream that was once a reality.

    "I would like to dedicate this album to my parents, grandparents, my great-grandfather Hovhannes Hamasyan, Avetik Isahakyan, Armen Tigranian, Hovanes Shiraz, Jivani, Sheram, Mher Mkrtchian, Levon Madoyan, and Mkrtich Malkhasyan."

    Hamasyan named the album in tribute to his hometown of Gyumri, Armenia, where he was born in 1987 before relocating with his family to Los Angeles in 2003. He currently resides in Erevan, Armenia. Hamasyan began playing piano at the age of three and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was eleven, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He released his debut album, World Passion, in 2005 at the age of seventeen. The following year, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Additional albums include New Era (2007); Red Hail (2009); A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France); Shadow Theater (2013); Luys i Luso (2015); and Mockroot (2015), for which he won the Echo Jazz Award for International Piano Instrumentalist of the Year. In addition to awards and critical praise, Hamasyan has built a dedicated international following, as well as praise from Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Tigran Hamasyan, piano, voices, post production

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Tigran Hamasyan
    Recorded and mixed by Antoine Gaillet for FLAM Music
    Assistant Engineers: Clément Gariel, Olivier Leducq
    All tracks recorded at Studio de Meudon, Meudon, France
    Additional vocals on “Aragatz” recorded by Sergey Gasparyan at Alphasound Recording Studio, Yerevan, Armenia
    “Rays of Light” was recorded by Sergey Gasparyan at my house in Dzoraghbyur, Armenia. It was played on my grandmother’s and my own upright pianos.
    Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom

    All compositions written by Tigran Hamasyan
    All works published by Yergatun, administered by Universal Publishing (ex. USA and Canada)

    Photography by Elena Hamasyan
    Design by Jason Arias