WNMF 6: TIGRAN HAMASYAN

Thursday, January 30 | 7:30 pm | Centennial Concert Hall

A jazz pianist taps Armenian folk, metal riffs and a sense of history.

—NPR

Musicians arrive at their signature sounds through all sorts of influences. For jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan, that collection of sounds comes from far afield — he’s a fan of progressive metal bands like Tool and Meshuggah — as well as from his backyard. Hamasyan was born in Armenia, moved to Los Angeles and New York, then eventually returned to his homeland to get more in touch with his roots.

Hamasyan has developed a unique compositional voice imbued with lyricism and rich harmony, punctuated by heavy, kaleidoscopic grooves. Joined by bassist Evan Marien and Nate Wood, the trio comes to WNMF to present a rich program featuring improvisations and selections from the composer’s growing discography.

WORKS: 
The music of Tigran Hamasyan

ARTISTS: 
Tigran Hamasyan Trio
    Tigran Hamasyan, piano
    Evan Marien, bass
    Nate Wood, drums

PRE-CONCERT PANEL: GENRE BOUNDARIES
Classical, jazz, folk, pop – what do these words mean in the 21st-century? An exploration of the porousness of genre and categories. | 6:45 pm | Piano Nobile

PARTICIPANTS
Tigran Hamasyan, composer;
Evan Marien, bassist;
Nate Wood, drummer;
Daniel Raiskin & Harry Stafylakis, hosts

POST-CONCERT Q & A
Immediately following the concert | Piano Nobile

PARTICIPANTS
Tigran Hamasyan, composer;
Evan Marien, bassist;
Nate Wood, drummer;
Daniel Raiskin & Harry Stafylakis, hosts

POST-CONCERT RECEPTION
Featuring Devon Gillingham, bass; Evan Miles, piano; Tetyana Haraschuck, drums | 6:45 pm | Piano Nobile