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  • Nonesuch releases its fourth recording from pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, The Call Within, on August 28, 2020. On the album, he performs ten original compositions, with Evan Marien on electric bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums. Produced by Hamasyan, The Call Within is a journey into his dreamlike inner world, taking inspiration from his interest in maps from different eras, poetry, Armenian folk stories, astrology, geometry, ancient Armenian design, rock carvings, and cinematography. Pre-order to download the album track “Levitation 21,” a video for which can be seen here; Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive, limited-edition print.

  • While we can't go out to take in great live music, here are some events taking place online to enjoy while staying home this weekend—a long Memorial Day weekend in the US: Joshua Redman and Tigran Hamasyan perform in the free online Tokyo Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday; Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi lead a live home concert to benefit Gather New Haven Friday; Lake Street Dive's 2018 concert at The Anthem in DC premieres on Nugs Friday; Lianne La Havas is on BBC Two's Later... With Jools Holland from home Friday night.

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    Nonesuch Records releases its fourth recording from pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan, The Call Within, on August 28, 2020. The album comprises ten original compositions and features Evan Marien on electric bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums, along with special guests Tosin Abasi on the Armenian prog tune “Vortէx” and Areni Agbabian and Artyom Manukyan on “Our Film.” The Call Within is available to pre-order with an instant download of the album track "Levitation 21." A video for that song may be seen below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include a limited-edition print of the album cover art.

    Produced by Hamasyan, The Call Within is a journey into the artist’s dreamlike inner world, which is as realistic to him as his physical one. Hamasyan, who believes that the “moment of unconscious creation is the way to feel conscious,” says: “Unutterable seconds of longing, subliminal realization, and mostly joy fill the body as a work of art, a poem, or a melody is being born into this world for no apparent reason, but only for the humanity to discover what is invisible: the divine mystery.”

    The album takes inspiration from Hamasyan’s 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, keyboards, vocals, whistling, synthesisers, effects, electronic drums
    Evan Marien, bass
    Arthur Hnatek, drums

    Featuring:
    Areni Aghbabian, vocals (2)
    Artyom Manukyan, cello (2)
    Varduhi Art School Children’s Choir, vocals (6)
    Tosin Abasi, guitar (8)
    Beth and Steve Wood, backup vocals (9)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Tigran Hamasyan
    Recorded at Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Centre at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, September 21-25, 2019
    Engineered by S. Husky Huskolds
    Assistant Engineer: Jorge Velasco
    “37 Newlyweds” recorded and engineered by Steve Wood at Benaji Studio
    Additional recordings on “Our Film,” “Ara Resurrected," “Space of Your Existence,” and “New Maps” engineered by Mesrop Sarkisyan at Wave Recordings
    All tracks mixed by Pete Min at Lucy’s Meat Market
    except:
    “Our Film” produced and mixed by Mesrop Sarkisyan at Wave Recording

    All compositions written by Tigran Hamasyan

    Photography by Elena Hamasyan
    Album artwork and design by Nana Tchitchoua
    Co-designer: T. Wade Ivy
    Poetry and text by Tigran Hamasyan
    Edited by Susanna Sargsyan

    Special thanks to UCLA recording studio and the Armenian program at UCLA

    Executive Producers: Robert Hurwitz and Tigran Hamasyan

     

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Friday, August 28, 2020 (All day)
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On The Call Within, pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan performs ten original compositions, with Evan Marien on electric bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums. Produced by Hamasyan, the album is a journey into his dreamlike inner world, taking inspiration from his interest in maps from different eras, poetry, Armenian folk stories, astrology, geometry, ancient Armenian design, rock carvings, and cinematography. Pre-order to download the album track “Levitation 21” now and get an exclusive, limited-edition print.

Description: 

Nonesuch Records releases its fourth recording from pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan, The Call Within, on August 28, 2020. The album comprises ten original compositions and features Evan Marien on electric bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums, along with special guests Tosin Abasi on the Armenian prog tune “Vortէx” and Areni Agbabian and Artyom Manukyan on “Our Film.” The Call Within is available to pre-order with an instant download of the album track "Levitation 21." A video for that song may be seen below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include a limited-edition print of the album cover art.

Produced by Hamasyan, The Call Within is a journey into the artist’s dreamlike inner world, which is as realistic to him as his physical one. Hamasyan, who believes that the “moment of unconscious creation is the way to feel conscious,” says: “Unutterable seconds of longing, subliminal realization, and mostly joy fill the body as a work of art, a poem, or a melody is being born into this world for no apparent reason, but only for the humanity to discover what is invisible: the divine mystery.”

The album takes inspiration from Hamasyan’s 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.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Tigran Hamasyan
Recorded at Evelyn & Mo Ostin Music Centre at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, September 21-25, 2019
Engineered by S. Husky Huskolds
Assistant Engineer: Jorge Velasco
“37 Newlyweds” recorded and engineered by Steve Wood at Benaji Studio
Additional recordings on “Our Film,” “Ara Resurrected," “Space of Your Existence,” and “New Maps” engineered by Mesrop Sarkisyan at Wave Recordings
All tracks mixed by Pete Min at Lucy’s Meat Market
except:
“Our Film” produced and mixed by Mesrop Sarkisyan at Wave Recording

All compositions written by Tigran Hamasyan

Photography by Elena Hamasyan
Album artwork and design by Nana Tchitchoua
Co-designer: T. Wade Ivy
Poetry and text by Tigran Hamasyan
Edited by Susanna Sargsyan

Special thanks to UCLA recording studio and the Armenian program at UCLA

Executive Producers: Robert Hurwitz and Tigran Hamasyan

 

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ns_album_releasedate: 
Friday, May 15, 2020 - 11:15
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UPC/Price: 
Label: 
LP+MP3+Print
UPC: 
075597920253
Price: 
21.00
Label: 
CD+MP3+Print
UPC: 
075597920239
Price: 
13.00
Artist Name: 
Tigran Hamasyan
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Tigran Hamasyan, piano, keyboards, vocals, whistling, synthesisers, effects, electronic drums
Evan Marien, bass
Arthur Hnatek, drums

Featuring:
Areni Aghbabian, vocals (2)
Artyom Manukyan, cello (2)
Varduhi Art School Children’s Choir, vocals (6)
Tosin Abasi, guitar (8)
Beth and Steve Wood, backup vocals (9)

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