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Tigran Hamasyan: An Ancient Observer (Nonesuch)

An Ancient Observer is two different kinds of solo album in one. Most of its tracks adhere to the traditional definition of one musician playing one instrument; Tigran Hamasyan’s is the piano, and he plays it extraordinarily well. The other tracks invite the listener to question the definition of “solo.” Although Hamasyan is still the … Read More “Tigran Hamasyan: An Ancient Observer (Nonesuch)”

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Hamasyan, Henriksen, Aarset, Bang: Atmosphères

In our brave new digital world, it is not always possible to tell who is playing what. On the back cover of this two-CD set, the instruments attributed to the quartet are piano (Hamasyan), trumpet (Henriksen), guitar (Aarset) and “live sampling, samples” (Bang). But photos in the liner booklet suggest that Henriksen and Aarset are … Read More “Hamasyan, Henriksen, Aarset, Bang: Atmosphères”

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Tigran Hamasyan: Mockroot

Tigran Hamasyan’s music exists in its own universe, and on Mockroot that means distancing itself even from the pianist’s eccentric self-described “electro-acoustic Armenian rock.” The Armenian-American’s sixth album holds on to the rock trappings in some places (especially its closing twofer, “The Grid” and “Out of the Grid”), but more often draws on new age … Read More “Tigran Hamasyan: Mockroot”

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Tigran Hamasyan: A Fable

Tigran Hamasyan’s fourth album, a vibrant solo recording drawing from the music and poetry of his native Armenia, further solidifies the acclaim the 24-year-old pianist has garnered since his teens. While demonstrating his monster chops, the emphasis here is on simple, captivating melodies-both traditional songs and original compositions, imbued with a sense of veneration and … Read More “Tigran Hamasyan: A Fable”

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