A more recent project from Armenian jazz pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan.
You may remember him from his work with oud player and composer Dhafer Youssef, which I previously shared here.
The Shadow Theater project really highlights Hamasyan’s unique compositional style, influenced by jazz, western pop, traditional middle-eastern musical modes and his Armenian folk music heritage.
The combination (especially on the first composition) of Tigran’s piano, Chris Tordini’s smoking bass-work, Areni Agbabian’s vocals and Nate Wood on the “batterie” reminds me of one of the greatest 70’s-era jazz fusion bands, Return To Forever. (As a bonus, I’ll add one of my favorite RTF tracks at the end of this post.)
And Tigran himself? A consummate artist consumed and fully embraced by his passion in the act. If you’re like me, you’ll have a hard time tearing your eyes away from watching the performance.
You know the drill.
Plug it in (decent speakers definitely recommended).
Go on about your day.
S.S.f.S. Bonus Track:
Return to Forever, 500 Miles High.
With Chick Corea(electric piano), Joe Farrell(tenor sax), Stanley Clarke(bass), Airto Moreira(drums and percussion) and Floa Purim (vocals and percussion).