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Tigran Hamasyan plays EFG London Jazz Festival livestream and reminds us that there is a world elsewhere / London JazzNews

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"It's been a while since I've played a concert," said Armenian pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan. The intimacy of the dark studio in California, where he recorded a solo set specially for the Festival, seemed to suit him, as if he was communing with himself. Novelist Jonathan Franzen famously wrote blindfolded in the dark to keep his mind "free of all cliches." As Hamasyan played his intensely original music, drawing on jazz and Armenian folk, he seemed to be responding to The Call Within – the title of his latest album.

Hamasyan reminded us for a while that there is a world elsewhere- vividly musical, meditative and dramatic.

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