Tigran Hamasyan - Luys i Luso - Yerevan State Chamber Choir -Harutyun Topikyan - ECM 2447



Tigran Hamasyan was born in Armenia in 1987, before relocating with his family to Los Angeles in 2003. He currently lives in Yerevan, Armenia. He began playing piano at the age of three, and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was 11 years old, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He released his debut album at the age of 18 in 2006. That same year he won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, and the jazz world took note in earnest. Since then, Tigran’s live performances and albums have received the enthusiastic endorsement of leading jazz musicians including Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Brad Mehldau.

Press reactions have also been very positive. As the Daily Telegraph observed, “There are many brilliant and perfectly finished young jazz pianists around but Hamasyan stands out because he has something important and urgent to say.”

In 2016, ECM will issue a further album with improvisations around Armenian themes, on which Tigran Hamsayan appears alongside Arve Henriksen (trumpet), Eivind Aarset (guitars) and Jan Bang (electronics).