Armenian pianist / composer Tigran Hamasyan has released his Nonesuch debut album entitled Mockroot. Tigran grew up listening to his father’s heavy rock collection (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple). By the age of three, he was picking out pop melodies on the family piano and being sent to piano lessons. As an adult, Hamasyan spent more than a decade in Los Angeles but has lived back in his home of Armenia for the past year, a change that is evident on the songs of Mockroot. Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Hamasyan incorporated arrangements of traditional Armenian folk into his already wide range of influences of rock, electronica, 20th century minimalist composers and more. Many of the tracks are even inspired by poetry, in particular the flowering of Armenian and Russian verse of the late 19th and early 20th century. Their jazzy take on Armenian folk rock combined with the use of polyrhythms, minor chords, and minimalist techniques result in a sound that challenges but endears with an unexpected beauty.
RIYL: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Grouper, Battles, Forest Swords, Brad Mehldau
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