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Tigran Hamasyan: ‘An Ancient Observer’ Album Tour

Contemporary at Kings Place
Music / Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 7:15pm / Hall One
£16.50 – £29.50 | Savers £9.50*

There will be a repeat performance at 9.30pm.

Tigran Hamasyan is a renowned pianist and composer, as well as a talented arranger of traditional Armenian songs. Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, electronica, poetry and more. He has developed a large following internationally with the release of two Universal albums, an ECM album and the first of a series for Nonesuch.

This spring, Tigran embarks on a solo tour through Europe to present songs from his new album An Ancient Observer (relase date 31 March) – the much-anticipated follow-up to Hamasyan’s label debut, Mockroot 

Some of the new pieces are through-composed and completely written out, while others are composed with ample space for Hamasyan to improvise. Many include vocals layered into the mix. As with most of his compositions, Hamasyan cites a wide range of influences, from Baroque dance to hip-hop, with pedals connected to a synthesizer on a few tracks – while the sounds of his native country also are present, as always.

‘Where so much contemporary jazz can be a dreary display of muscle memory, Tigran has found a way to keep improvisation fresh and lyrical. Other jazz musicians would be wise to take note.’ The Guardian

A-may-zing! Now, Tigran, you are my teacher Herbie Hancock
Loving the Tigran album on Verve – a big talent… Gilles Peterson
With a firm yet delicate touch, Tigran lets the melody sing NPR
‘Tigran stands out for his burning intensity’ The Telegraph
‘His touch is sublime’ Downbeat

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