Chicago Debut

Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox, poetry, and more. In early 2015, Nonesuch Records will release MOCKROOT, Tigran's label debut. This show will be in support of the record release tour, featuring Tigran’s trio with Sam Minaie on bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums. 

In the past decade, with the release of four critically acclaimed albums and an unceasing touring schedule, Tigran has built up a dedicated international following, as well as accolades from the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau. In the words of the Guardian, Hamasyan "is guided by one of [mentor and fan Herbie Hancock’s] most enduring lessons: it's possible to be a multi-stylistic jazz virtuoso and a groove-powered hitmaker simultaneously and hugely enjoy all of it." The Times of London said of his most recent release, 2013’s Shadow Theater, "Armenian folk, electronic loops, heavenly voices and indie rock energy vie with Hamasyan’s rippling piano to create a dramatic, deeply melodic music unlike anything else you’ll hear this year.”

Born in Armenian in 1987, Tigran has already won major accolades including a 2011 French Grammy Award, first place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, and the 2013 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music. He currently resides in Erevan, Armenia. He began playing piano at the age of three, and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was 11 years old, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He released his debut album, World Passion, at the age of 18 in 2006. That same year he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Subsequent albums include New Era (2008), Red Hail (2009), and A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France).
 
 
Program: 

6:30 pm "Chicago Stage at the Logan" and The Jazz Institute of Chicago present the Rajiv Halim Quartet at Café Logan

7:30 pm Mockroot

Performer(s): 
Tigran Trio
Date(s): 
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Venue: 
Performance Hall, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Location: 
915 E. 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637
Cost: 
$35 / $5 students
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