NEWS: Tigran Hamasyan Releases “Rays Of Light” And Announces “For Gyumri”

Great news for fans of jazzy neo-classical music! Tigran Hamasyan, who kind of invented ‘piano djent’ on his 2015 record Mockroot, is back with new music. Even though he just released his latest record An Ancient Observer in 2017, there will be more new music out very soon. Stepping back from his trio work on Mockroot, Hamasyan created a piano and voice-only piece with An Ancient Observer. The record was less jazzy, and more about shaping a neo-classical sound showcasing his Armenian roots and his vocalise work. Now that we got “Rays Of Light”, what can we expect?

“Rays Of Light” is a very slow-paced track that features a soundscapy introduction, before transitioning into a very light piano tune. A slight detune provides a very organic feel to the sound, and one can even hear the pedals, quite similar to Ólafur Arnalds‘ recordings. As our editor Dominik stated in his review for An Ancient Observer:

It’s not like the mixture of jazz, contemporary classical music and Armenian folk Tigran Hamasyan has come to be known for has ever been easy to classify/describe, but this record is extremely unique, even for his standards. And while I’m still not entirely sold on the whole one man, one piano approach, I did enjoy An Ancient Observer very much; it’s an exceptional offering from one of the most promising young (jazz) musicians out there today.

If those words won’t convince you, the new single probably will, even if it’s quite different from what Hamasyan did in the past. You can read the full review here! But as announced: For Gyumri is an upcoming EP by Hamasyan, set to release on February 16th. One month to go, time to get excited!

This is the artwork of For Gyumri:

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Tigran Hamasyan will be on tour as well! The dates are:

16/02 – Academy Of Music -Vancouver, Canada
19/02 – PDX Jazz – Portland, USA * Tigran Hamasyan Trio
28/02 – Constellation – Chicago, USA
03/03 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, USA
17/03 – Luys I Luso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
22/03 – L’EtincelleRouen, France
23/03 – Paul B -Massy, France
24/03 – Teatra Nams Juras Varti – Ventspils, Latvia
26/03 – Kulturhuset Stadsteatern – Stockholm, Sweden
27/03 – Vilnius Kongressu Rumai – Vilnius, Lithuania
30/03 – Elbhilharmonie Hamburg, Germany
31/03 – Theaterhaus – Stuttgart, Germany
12/05 – Marathon Du Piano D’Evian 2018 -Evian-Les-Bains, France
30/05 – Wiener Konzerthaus – Vienna, Austria
02/06 – Barbican Centre – London, UK
03/06 – St. George’s – Bristol, UK
06/06 – Le Athenéennés Festival – Geneve, Switzerland

Make sure to follow Tigran Hamasyan on his Facebook page, and listen to Mockroot and An Ancient Observer if you haven’t done it yet! Visit his website and get more info or to buy your tickets!

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