Revisiting the Film

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Pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan's single "Revisiting the Film," featuring drummer/composer Morgan Ågren, is a variation on "Our Film," a track from his 2020 album, The Call Within. "For years I have been a big fan of Morgan and finally had a chance to collaborate," says Hamasyan. "I hope this is going to be the beginning of our dialogue."

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Pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan released "Revisiting the Film," featuring drummer/composer Morgan Ågren, on May 12, 2021, on Nonesuch Records. The new single is a variation on "Our Film," a track from his latest album, The Call Within, released on Nonesuch in 2020. "For years I have been a big fan of Morgan and finally had a chance to collaborate," says Hamasyan. "I hope this is going to be the beginning of our dialogue."

You can watch Hamasyan perform a solo piano rendition of "Our Film," which NPR Music called his "most enterprising release," as well as two earlier tunes, for an NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert here.

The Call Within comprises ten original, self-produced compositions. The album, which Jazzwise calls "an exceptional recording for exceptional times" and Hamasyan's "strongest artistic statement yet," is a journey into the artist’s dreamlike inner world, taking inspiration from his interest in maps from different eras, along with poetry, Christian and pre-Christian Armenian folk stories and legends, astrology, geometry, ancient Armenian design, rock carvings, and cinematography—blurring lines between historic reality and the imaginary world.

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; Red Hail; A Fable, for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France); Shadow Theater; and Luys i Luso. His Nonesuch debut, Mockroot (2015), won the Echo Jazz Award for International Piano Instrumentalist of the Year; subsequent records for the label include An Ancient Observer (2017) and the companion EP, For Gymuri (2018). 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
Engineered by Steve Wood, Morgan Ågren

Mastered by Nate Wood

Artwork by Nanuka Tchitchoua

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Tigran Hamasyan
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Tigran Hamasyan, piano, synthesizer, vocals, sound effects
Morgan Ågren, drums

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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

    Pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan released "Revisiting the Film," featuring drummer/composer Morgan Ågren, on May 12, 2021, on Nonesuch Records. The new single is a variation on "Our Film," a track from his latest album, The Call Within, released on Nonesuch in 2020. "For years I have been a big fan of Morgan and finally had a chance to collaborate," says Hamasyan. "I hope this is going to be the beginning of our dialogue."

    You can watch Hamasyan perform a solo piano rendition of "Our Film," which NPR Music called his "most enterprising release," as well as two earlier tunes, for an NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert here.

    The Call Within comprises ten original, self-produced compositions. The album, which Jazzwise calls "an exceptional recording for exceptional times" and Hamasyan's "strongest artistic statement yet," is a journey into the artist’s dreamlike inner world, taking inspiration from his interest in maps from different eras, along with poetry, Christian and pre-Christian Armenian folk stories and legends, astrology, geometry, ancient Armenian design, rock carvings, and cinematography—blurring lines between historic reality and the imaginary world.

    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; Red Hail; A Fable, for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France); Shadow Theater; and Luys i Luso. His Nonesuch debut, Mockroot (2015), won the Echo Jazz Award for International Piano Instrumentalist of the Year; subsequent records for the label include An Ancient Observer (2017) and the companion EP, For Gymuri (2018). 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, synthesizer, vocals, sound effects
    Morgan Ågren, drums

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Tigran Hamasyan
    Engineered by Steve Wood, Morgan Ågren

    Mastered by Nate Wood

    Artwork by Nanuka Tchitchoua