Presentation of the new EP "For Gyumri" in St. Petersburg
For Gyumri
3 may 2018
For Gyumri
"I believe that our childhood experience shapes who we become when we grow into adulthood. "For Gyumri" EP is an ode to my birth place, the town which nourished my childhood world with great experiences and made me who I am. The people and their characters, the soil, the water, the bread, the dialect, all the small streets, the architecture, churches, the mountainous air and everything else the town had to offer gave me memories that now seems like a magical dream that was once a reality.
I would like to dedicate this album to my parents, grand parents, my great grandfather Hovhannes Hamasyan, Avetik Isahakyan, Armen Tigranian, Hovanes Shiraz, Jivani, Sheram, Mher Mkrtchian, Levon Madoyan and Mkrtich Malkhasyan."
In its ever-evolving state, jazz invites into its fold imaginative artists who freely and courageously pursue their own vision, not only built on tradition but also infused with their own personality and passion. In the case of pianist/keyboardist Tigran Hamasyan, potent jazz improvisation fuses with the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia. Turning 30 in 2017, he's one of the most remarkable and distinctive jazz-meets-rock pianists of his generation. Tigran's fresh sound is marked by an exploration of time signatures beyond 4/4 into 5/4 and 9/8, charged dynamics, the shifting between acoustic and electric modes of expression, all undergirded by an affinity to the grind of heavy metal.

A piano virtuoso with groove power, Tigran's latest adventurous project is The Ancient Observer, his second solo album and his sophomore recording for Nonesuch. It's a collection of new original compositions written over the course of the last three to four years—two of which are based on Armenian melodies. 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. 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—though the Armenian influence, which makes his music so uniquely outstanding, is prominent.

Conceptually, The Ancient Observer is a poignant album focusing on the art of observing. "It's something that humans have been practicing for ages, sometimes even subliminally," Tigran says. "It is especially interesting now in 2016. It's the feeling of the ancient eternal and impermanent versus the present day eternal and the impermanent. The intertwining of this ancient with the modern world creates an existential feeling. This album is presenting the observation of the world we live in now and the weight of our history we carry on our shoulders, which is influencing us even if we don't realize it. This album is the observation of influences and experiences I had."
Tigran Hamasyan - Rays of Light (Official Video)
Tigran Hamasyan - Fides Tua (Live)
Tickets & info
Date: 3 may 2018
Time: 19:00

"U Finlyandskogo" concert hall
St. Petersburg, Arsenal'naya naberezhnaya, 13/1

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