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Year in Review

Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Nenad Georgievski's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


2020 was a difficult year with many obstacles to overcome and with many high and low amplitudes. As a result, it was a year when naturally ambient, classical, and neo-classical music took over and provided greater joy than any other genre. Even the jazz records I preferred had plenty of quiet moments. The upbeat stuff was most often reserved for driving. Music and arts were always key to how we connect with the world. During this year, as the coronavirus ...

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Album Review

Tigran Hamasyan: The Call Within

Read "The Call Within" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Tigran Hamasyan had already demonstrated that he's an excellent pianist: He won the Montreux Jazz Festival's piano competition in 2003. He was only seventeen when he released his first recording (World Passion, Nocturn) in 2005 and then he claimed top prize the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition the year after that. Hamasyan's Nonesuch Records debut Mockroot (2015), won the Echo Jazz Award for International Piano Instrumentalist of the Year. But The Call Within also illustrates Hamasyan's remarkable ...

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Catching Up With

Tigran Hamasyan: Music and Arts Have a Purpose to Elevate People Spiritually

Read "Tigran Hamasyan: Music and Arts Have a Purpose to Elevate People Spiritually" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan is a composer who has built his career on defying expectations, taking chances, exploring and pushing the boundaries between genres and geographies. His albums serve as a testament to his diverse musical tastes where any combination of musical possibilities can emerge. In a sense, he has managed to find a way to make all of these sounds and influences work seamlessly and imaginatively, resulting in series of groundbreaking albums. Each of these records has its own ...

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Album Review

Tigran Hamasyan: Atmosphères

Read "Atmosphères" reviewed by David Bruggink


A cross-cultural collaboration between Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, guitarist Eivind Aarset, sound manipulator Jan Bang, and Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan, Atmosphères seems to be a quintessential ECM release in certain ways. It exhibits qualities that come readily to mind when imagining the ECM aesthetic: sonic minimalism, musical gestures with exquisite subtleness and thrilling, sometimes discordant, experimentation. Henriksen, Aarset and Bang have joined in various configurations on previous releases, such as Henriksen's Cartography (ECM, 2008) and Places of Worship ...

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Radio

Tigran Hamasyan and lots of new releases

Read "Tigran Hamasyan and lots of new releases" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this edition of World of Jazz a packed show with new releases. After a series of highly successful and praised albums, Verneri Pohjola presents his fourth release on Edition Records, which incorporates influences of his last three sessions into one defined and beautifully crafted collection. With an exclusive release on Bandcamp, William Parker gives us a preview of his forthcoming 10 CD and Album Box Set, all new productions/compositions created with a beautifully wide range ...

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Album Review

Tigran Hamasyan: For Gyumri

Read "For Gyumri" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Even on this shorter album, Armenian pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan displays a tireless ambition with his compositions, performances and eclectic approach. Over the course of his career, this young artist has released a wildly diverse stylistic set of releases that portray his eclectic and sometimes contrasting music tastes. The muse knows no borders or limits for this gifted pianist. While his first releases--starting with World Passion (Nocturne Records, 2006), and New Era (Blu Jazz, 2007)--showcased his considerable talent in ...

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In Pictures

Tigran Hamasyan "Atmosphères" Quartet at Mittelfest

Read "Tigran Hamasyan "Atmosphères" Quartet at Mittelfest" reviewed by Luca Vitali



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