World-renowned pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan was trained as a classical and jazz musician but draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, electronica, hip-hop, spoken word poetry and more.
This concert, Tigran’s fourth appearance in Ireland for the Waltons World Masters Series, will showcase compositions from his new solo piano album An Ancient Observer (Nonesuch). Some are through-composed and full realised, while others leave ample space for improvisation. Many include vocals layered into the mix. But all are inspired by the music of Tigran’s native Armenia, a country with an extraordinarily rich musical heritage where he recently returned to live.
‘I gaze out of my window and see the biblical mountain Ararat with perpetual snow on its peak, with electrical towers with wires in the foreground cutting the picture, and satellite dishes melted onto old and modern houses—ancestral smoke coming out of their chimneys—and birds hovering above the trees along with occasional airplane trails in the vast sky. It is a dialogue, this interaction of God-given ancient nature with our modern human achievements…. For me it is an awakening, and a beautiful feeling, to be able to observe the magnificence of this sleeping volcanic giant, which has existed for millions of years and was observed by the Ararat Valley Koura-Arax culture through to the present day citizens of the Armenian republic. I can see and observe the same birds, animals, rivers, and mountains that the craftsman of 4,000 years ago painted on a clay vessel. He was observing the same thing I observe now, and what remains is a beautiful work of art.’
We invite you to an extraordinary solo concert by a truly extraordinary musician.
‘A mature and great and rich and deep artist.’
– Chick Corea
‘Tigran, you are my teacher.’
– Herbie Hancock
‘It’s amazing, like watching the birth of music itself.’
– The Guardian
‘Tigran stands out for his burning intensity.’
– The Telegraph
‘Hamasyan's distinctive musicality blends jazz, European classical music and an array of influences like progressive-rock and DJ mixing. Yet the common thread is the inventive way the music balances ethnicity with a modernist verve.’
– All About Jazz
Event Venue: Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8.
Dates: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 20:00 (please arrive at least 15 minutes before start).
Duration: 90 minutes
Admission: €35 (Nave/Centre); €25 (Side Aisles)
Booking: Tickets Bookable Online Here.Buy Tickets
By BUS: Christchurch Place is on several bus routes, including 123, 13, 27, 40, 49, 77a and 77x - see DublinBus.ie for information.
By LUAS: Christ Church is served by the Luas Red Line. Get off at the Four Courts stop and cross the river on to Winetavern Street.
By TRAIN: Christ Church is located 15 minutes walk from Heuston and 20 minutes walk from Connolly Rail Stations, both of which are served by the number 90 bus which stops on both sides of the quays directly opposite the cathedral.
By DART: Christ Church is located approximately 10 minutes walk from Tara Street Dart Station.
CAR PARKING: The nearest car park is Q-Park Christ Church, accessed from Werburgh Street, just across from the cathedral. It is a 24-hour car park.
GPS Coordinates: Latitude 53.34345159999999, Longitude -6.271013000000039