Tigran Hamasyan

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Tigran Hamasyan
Tigran Hamasyan.jpg
Background information
Born(1987-07-17) July 17, 1987 (age 26)
Gyumri, Armenia
GenresJazz
OccupationsMusician, composer
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active2001–present
Websitetigranhamasyan.com
 
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Tigran Hamasyan
Tigran Hamasyan.jpg
Background information
Born(1987-07-17) July 17, 1987 (age 26)
Gyumri, Armenia
GenresJazz
OccupationsMusician, composer
InstrumentsPiano, vocals
Years active2001–present
Websitetigranhamasyan.com

Tigran Hamasyan (Armenian: Տիգրան Համասյան; born July 17, 1987) is an Armenian jazz pianist. He plays mostly original compositions, which are strongly influenced by the Armenian folk tradition, often using its scales and modalities. In addition to Tigran's folk influence, he is much influenced by American jazz traditions and to some extent, as on his album Red Hail, by progressive rock.[citation needed] His solo album A Fable is most strongly influenced by Armenian folk music.[citation needed] Even on his most overt jazz compositions and renditions of well-known jazz pieces, his improvisations often contain embellishments based on scales from Middle Eastern/South Western Asian traditions.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Hamasyan was born in Gyumri, Armenia.[1] His father was a jeweler and his mother designed clothes.[2] At the age of three he began to play melodies on his family's piano, and he went to a music school from the age of six.[2] As a young child, he dreamed of being a thrash metal guitarist.[2]

He studied jazz from the age of nine, then tried to incorporate local folk melodies into jazz-form improvisations when in his teens.[2] At this stage, Hamasyan was influenced by Armenian composers Arno Babajanian and Avet Terterian.[2] Hamasyan, together with his parents and sister, moved to Yerevan when he was around 10,[3] and then to California when he was 16, where, as of October 2013, he is still based.[2]

Career[edit]

Hamasyan recorded his first album, World Passion, at the age of 18.[2] He spent a lot of 2013 in Armenia, which helped develop his interest in its folk music.[2]

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

As leader

YearAlbumRecord labelPeak positions
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
FR
[6]
2006World PassionNocturne – –
2007New EraPlus Loin Music – –
2009Arrata Rebirth: Red HailPlus Loin Music – –
2011A FableVerve –70
2013Shadow TheaterVerve12763

EPs[edit]

Collaborations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ True, Chris. "Tigran Hamasyan: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Lewis, John (October 24, 2013) "Tigran Hamasyan, the Pianist Giving Jazz an Armenian Twist". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Tigran Hamasyan Trio". Monterey Jazz Festival. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
  4. ^ allaboutjazz.com Biography
  5. ^ "Tigran discography". ultratop.be/fr/. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Tigran discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 

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