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  • 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 here. He performs the tune on the new album with saxophonist and label mate Joshua Redman. 

  • Pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan’s StandArt—his first album of American standards—is out now. StandArt includes songs from the 1920s through the 1950s, by Richard Rodgers, Charlie Parker, Jerome Kern, David Raksin, and others; it also includes a piece Hamasyan improvised with his bandmates—bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Justin Brown—and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Other special guests include saxophonists Joshua Redman and Mark Turner. Hamasyan tours Europe in May and the US in June.

  • 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

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Friday, February 16, 2018 (All day)
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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."

Description: 

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.

ProductionCredits: 

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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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

565456

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Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 10:15
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Label: 
Vinyl 10" + MP3
UPC: 
075597931235
Price: 
16.00
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CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597931211
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MP3
UPC: 
075597932553
Price: 
5.00
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597932508
Price: 
6.00
Artist Name: 
Tigran Hamasyan
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MUSICIANS
Tigran Hamasyan, piano, voices, post production

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