Pianist Tigran Hamasyan is a private figure who doesn’t overly expose himself on social media hence why we haven’t heard much from him since the release of his Nonesuch debut Mockroot last February. If you dig a little, however, you will find out that the young pianist has been hard at work on a new project called Luys i Luso for piano and voices featuring the Yerevan State Chamber Choir conducted by Harutyun Topikyan. “Tigran’s new musical undertaking is the fresh and attractively youthful representation of the Armenian sacred music of the 5th to 20th centuries from his perspective and will be released by the internationally acclaimed record label ECM in September 2015. The repertoire ranges from enthralling hymns and sharakans (genre of Armenian chants) to breathtaking cantos by Grigor Narekatsi, Nerses Shnorhali, Mesrop Mashtots, Mkhitar Ayrivanetsi, Grigor Pahlavuni, Komitas, Makar Yekmalyan, etc., arranged for piano and voices by the pianist himself. All the compositions apart from “Patriarchal Ode” (Հայրապետական մաղթերգ) are written in grabar, also known as Classical Armenian – the oldest attested form of the Armenian Language.” Hamasyan premiered the project last March in Yerevan and followed with 100 performances in churches in Georgia, Turkey, Lebanon, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Luxembourg, Russia and USA. The entire tour and the concerts were recorded by a professional camera crew under the supervision of Emily Mkrtichian and Alex Igidbashian and will be released as a separate film in 2016. Until then, a new video, filmed in 2011 in Armenia, has just been released for the song “Lament” off Hamasyan’s 2013 release Shadow Theater. Check it out below the jump.
We've been waiting for pianist Tigran Hamasyan's upcoming album, Mockroot, for a while now ever since he hinted about it last November when we saw him play in Austin with bassist Arthur Hnatek and drummer Sam Minaie, both of whom are on Tigran's Nonesuch debut. This new video he released showing the behind the scenes process of making this expansive music. There's a lot going on in this music and it's clear here in the making of it, but it's going to be cool to hear how it's all going to turn out February 3. Check out the video after the jump.
Pianist Tigran Hamasyan recently announced the release of his upcoming Nonesuch Music debut album, Mockroot, which will rock the world February 3. The new songs, the rambunctious "Entertain Me" and the somber ballad "The Apple Orchard in Saghmosavanq", sound just in line with the direction Tigran has been going, particularly working with Sam Minaie on bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums. If this is what we're getting with Mockroot, it's looking like there's a lot more reason to get excited for 2015. Stream the tracks after the jump.
Tigran is the shit. It's hard not to be that crass about it but his frenetic energy, his inventive ideas on the keys both acoustic and electric, his crazy sense of timing-- all these attributes evoke a rawness that just makes you want to curse. Tigran is the shit. We mentioned some months back that he was going to venture out more with his sound, leaning into even more electronic and dubby influences as he moves to the Nonesuch label. Now that time has come and Tigran Hamasyan is set to release his new album, Mockroot, on January 26th with Sam Minaie on bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums and electronics. Check out a video album teaser after the jump.
The most important element that one would find of Tigran's signature style would be his unique sense of time. Compositionally, this is of course clear. The young 2006 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition winner has been wowing listeners the world over for years with his five albums -- the latest of which, Shadow Theater, just released yesterday on Sunnyside-- making well known how the Armenian rhythms he's always known have melded with so many other sounds around the world in such a purely jazz kind of way. It's this sense of time that seemingly comes to a tantalizing head in Shadow Theater and shifts even further to the fore last night on the album release show at Austin, Texas' The Belmont kicking off Tigran's US tour.