Performing his unique repertoire and showcasing new material, 30 year old pianist Tigran Hamasyan is coming to Oxford to bring us more views of his home country Armenia, a place steeped in a rich musical heritage.
Following the success of A Fable (Universal) in 2011 Tigran has performed on Later with Jools, Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum Show and 6 Music’s Gilles Peterson Show, as well as selling out London’s Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall. He has also wowed audiences at WOMAD and brought an Armenia choir to the stage at the Union Chapel.
Now he brings his latest work to the stage, An Ancient Observer and companion EP For Gyumri both available on Nonesuch. Inspired by the ancient and modern contrasts Tigran observed on his return home after more than a decade living in the US, this is a collection of new, original compositions written over the course of the last three to four years. Some of the pieces are through composed and completely written out while others are through composed but with ample space for Tigran to improvise. Many include vocals layered into the mix and like most of his recordings, the influences of the music are manifold, ranging from classical Baroque dance to J-Dilla-esque hip-hop grooves, adapted to piano, to a few tracks with pedals connected to a synthesizer. Running through all this is the Armenian influence, which is what makes his music so uniquely outstanding.
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