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Armen Donelian

For forty years, pianist/composer and Fulbright Scholar ARMEN DONELIAN has distinguished himself in 23 countries as a performer, recording artist, master class leader, and with his published writings. Donelian’s music is a distinctive blend of influences including his Armenian origin, his Classical technique, and his association with some of the biggest names in Jazz. And, according to Metronom, he achieves this fusion “in such a natural way that one can tell it’s a master’s work.” As a child, Armen absorbed the sound of Armenian, Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern music at social gatherings and from records his father played at home. During his youth, Armen trained for 12 years as a concert pianist at the Westchester Conservatory of Music in White Plains, NY with the late Michael Pollon

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2019 Hudson Jazz Festival

Read "2019 Hudson Jazz Festival" reviewed by Rudolph Lu

Hudson, New York is a two-hour ride from New York City, an hour away from Albany, and home to the Hudson Jazz Festival. Now in its second year, this year's festival took place from February 17 through February 19, with all performances held in the recently restored Hudson Hall. Day one featured the music ...

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First Tucson Jazz Festival features Bacharach, Reeves, Cobb, Childs, DeFrancesco, more

First Tucson Jazz Festival features Bacharach, Reeves, Cobb, Childs, DeFrancesco, more

By Patricia Myers The HSL Tucson Jazz Festival, a 13-day event from January 16-28 will feature both national and Arizona musicians, headlined by 86-year-old composer Burt Bacharach, 85-year old drummer and NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb, and four 2015 Grammy-nominated musicians. Organist Joey DeFrancesco received a Best Jazz Instrumental nomination for Enjoy The View ...

Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Disc 1: "Where Do You Come From, Wandering Nightingale? / Oosdi Goukas Gharib Blbool?"; "I Have Traveled The Whole World Over / Tamam Ashkhar Bdood Eka"; "Without You, What Will I Do? / Arantz Kez Eench Goneem?"; "Surely, You Don't Say That You Also Cry? / Ches Asoum Te Latz-es Eli?"; "I'll Never Know Your True Worth / Hees Koo Gheemetn Cheem Geetee", "I Call Lalanin / Hees Ganchoom Eem Lalaneen"; "Praised Among All Instruments (Kamanche) / Amen Sazi Mechn Govats (Kamanche)"; "With The Nightingale You Also Cry / Blbooli Hit Latz-es Eli"; "Were I Offered Your Weight In Pearls / Tekouz Koo Kashn Markrit Tan" Disc 2: "King Of Cathay / Shahkhatayee"; "Your Headdress Is Silver And Silk / Tasdamazt Sim Oo Sharbab"; "My Sweet Harp / Eem Anoush Davigh"; "You Are Golden And Exotic Brocade / Tipa Oo Yenkitoonia"; "As Long As I Draw Breath / Kani Vor Jan Eem"

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New CD From Armen Donelian Slated For 4/15!

New CD From Armen Donelian Slated For 4/15!

Pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator Armen Donelian has carved out an enviable career spanning four decades, including seminal stints with Jazzmen Sonny Rollins, Billy Harper, Chet Baker, and Mongo Santamaria. But two other streams – Classical and Middle Eastern music – have influenced Donelian’s artistic direction. His new double album Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors, his ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Armen Donelian: Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors

Read "Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors" reviewed by Gabriel Medina Arenas

The sound of his piano evokes treasured sounds from a small and hidden mountainous country full of cultural richness and history in the heart of Eurasia. On his thirteenth solo album, the New Yorker veteran musician Armen Donelian paid a homage to Armenia, the homeland of his forefathers. Donelian, a classically trained ...

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Armen Donelian To Appear In Pittsfield, Mass. Feb. 15 For 10x10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival

Armen Donelian To Appear In Pittsfield, Mass. Feb. 15 For 10x10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshires Jazz, Inc. today announced its participation in Pittsfield's second annual 10x10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival, with a special concert by the remarkable pianist and composer Armen Donelian. For the Feb. 15 concert at Baba Louie's Backroom, the Armen Donelian Trio explores the music of 10 American composers whose inspiring work spanned jazz' ...

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Berkshires Jazz schedules special concert featuring Elli Fordyce, with the Jazz Tuber Trio

Berkshires Jazz schedules special concert featuring Elli Fordyce, with the Jazz Tuber Trio

PITTSFIELD, MA: As part of its year-round commitment to live jazz, BerkshiresJazz.org has scheduled a special event on May 4. The double bill features NY-based vocalist Elli Fordyce, plus the Boston-based Jazz Tuber Trio. It will take place in the intimate setting of the backroom at Baba Louie's Sourdough Pizza, where Berkshires Jazz presented Armen Donelian ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Billy Test: Solo Piano at The Kitano

Read "Billy Test: Solo Piano at The Kitano" reviewed by Daniel Lehner

Billy Test SoloThe KitanoNew York, NYMarch 13, 2012Solo piano is a format that acts as a statement of achievement as much as it is a stylistic choice. It's not a venture for the half-hearted; solo piano concerts are typically conducted by longstanding luminaries like Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. However, for ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Pianist Armen Donelian Interviewed at All About Jazz!

Pianist Armen Donelian Interviewed at All About Jazz!

61 year-old pianist Armen Donelian, a New York City native who now lives in upstate New York but who has traveled the globe as a jazz artist and as Fulbright scholar, has played all kinds of music during his lifetime. He studied classical music intensely and he allows other influences to seep in to his creativity. ...


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