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Areni Agbabian: Bloom

Read "Bloom" reviewed by Michael McKinney


Singer and pianist Areni Agbabian is probably best known for her work with Armenian-American pianist-wunderkind Tigran Hamasyan, in which the two musicians draw from their shared Armenian heritage. Both are also adept at creating moments of hazy and ethereal beauty. Bloom, Agbabian's ECM debut, made without Hamasyan, focuses on such moments. The album is defined by Agbabian's voice, a haunting alto with a ghostly sheen. She rarely aims for flashy or obviously technical vocal turns; instead, her ...


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