After a two year recording break and his 2013 album Shadow Theatre released by Verve Records, the Armenian pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan brings two new albums in 2015.
Mockroot, released this February by Nonesuch Records, was recorded with a trio with whom Hamasyan will perform on 3rd November at 19th Jazz Fest in Sarajevo, on stage of the Bosnian Cultural Center. For the Armenian artist living between his home country and the USA, this album is the sixth CD release under his own name.
Tigran found inspiration for Mockroot in classic, rock, heavy metal, avant garde, electronic and Armenian traditional music, in Bach and the works of late 20th century French composers while audiences and critics as well as colleagues like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau are enthusiastically expressing appreciation for his performances.
Hamasyan’s project Luys and Luso, a collaboration with the Yerevan State Chamber Choir, was released few days ago on CD, by one of Europe’s most influential record labels, the German ECM. This romantic and mystical release represents Armenia’s spiritual world through its sacred music created between the 5th and 20th century.
Tigran Hamasyan’s exciting music reveals his curious spirit and poetic sensibility that are being translated into an unusual concert performance when he is on stage with members of his trio, Iranian-American bassist Sam Minaie and Swiss-American drummer Arthur Hnatek. No different was Hamasyan’s solo performance held at 14th Jazz Fest in 2010, nor do we expect less that from the trio performance at their concert in November that will open the 19th edition of Jazz Fest.