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An Ancient Observer Limited Vinyl LP + Download

Tigran Hamasyan

Label: Nonesuch
Release Date: 31 March 2017
Format: LP Vinyl

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‘With startling combinations of jazz, minimalist, electronic, folk and songwriterly elements … Hamasyan travels musical expanses marked with heavy grooves, ethereal voices, pristine piano playing and ancient melodies. You’ll hear nothing else like this.’ — NPR Music

Nonesuch Records releases its second album from pianist Tigran Hamasyan, An Ancient Observer, on March 31. An Ancient Observer is the follow-up to Hamasyan’s label debut, Mockroot, of which the Guardian said, ‘A phenomenal piano player, an irrepressible entertainer, a promising experimenter with hi-tech gizmology and a creative world-music composer. Mockroot plays vivaciously to all those strengths.’ The musician says of his new solo recording, which features ten new compositions: “These songs are musical observations about the world we live in now, and the weight of history we carry with us.” Hamasyan will tour Europe in the spring, including UK dates in Manchester (Royal Northern College of Music, April 5) and London (Kings Place, April 6).

An Ancient Observer’s songs—two of which are based on Armenian melodies—were written over the last four years. Some of the pieces are through-composed and completely written out, while others are composed with ample space for Hamasyan to improvise. Many include vocals layered into the mix. As with most of his compositions, Hamasyan cites a wide range of influences, from Baroque dance to hip-hop, with pedals connected to a synthesizer on a few tracks —while the sounds of his native country also are present, as always

Featured Tracks:
1. Markos and Markos
2. The Cave of Rebirth
3. New Baroque 1
4. Nairian Odyssey
5. New Baroque 2
6. Etude No. 1
7. Egyptian Poet
8. Fides Tua
9. Leninagone
10. Ancient Observer
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