There is one thing even the most committed opponents to globalisation can be grateful for: our new-found ability to chance upon musical pearls that it would previously have not have been possible to unearth for both cultural and geographical reasons. The jazz of Armenia - although it first spread its wings in the 1930s - could barely have produced global stars just a couple of decades ago. Yet today, here we have pianist Tigran Hamasyan, who often only uses his first name for the sake of s...implicity. Of course, he too had to make a name for himself by moving to Los Angeles with his family on 2003, before winning the 2006 Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition and being taken under the wing of Herbie Hancock.
The 38-year old Tigran adheres to the notion that mainstream jazz is far more exciting when blended with electronics, classical music, Armenian folk motifs or even poetry. His virtuosity, musicality and individual way of thinking have won the enthusiastic praise of Chick Corea and Brad Mehldau, as well as Hancock, while Trilok Gurtu went as far as to say that he saw the Keith Jarrett of the future in Hamasyan. The pianist releases a new album in the spring of 2015 entitled Mockroot, which has a good chance of surpassing its six predecessors in popularity. After hearing material from this record, we will be able to judge for ourselves whether Trilok Gurtu is right.
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