NEW YORK—Nonesuch Records will release the label debut from jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan, “Mockroot,” in early 2015. Hamasyan is currently on tour in Europe, with shows in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Switzerland, among others. Further details about the forthcoming album and its release will be announced in the near future, along with additional international tour dates, the Nonesuch Journal reports.
Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Gyumri-born Tigran Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, beatbox, poetry, and more. In the past decade, with the release of four critically acclaimed albums and an unceasing touring schedule, he 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.”
Hamasyan was born in Gyumri, Armenia in 1987, before relocating with his family to Los Angeles in 2003. He currently resides in Yerevan, 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). Most recently he won the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music in 2013.