Armen Donelian Trio

Tuesday / February 8, 2011 / 12:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
United States

The Armen Donelian trio features George Schuller on drum set and faculty member Dave Clark on bass.

Donelian, a pianist and Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, producer, and educator, was born and raised in the New York City area. His work reflects influences from Armenian, classical, jazz, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian music. He has recorded or performed in festivals in 23 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own groups, and with bands led by Chet Baker, Paquito D'Rivera, Billy Harper, Sonny Rollins, and Mongo Santamaria.

Called "a pianist with a crystalline touch but a penchant for avant-gardism" by the New York Times, Donelian has composed more than 90 works. Among his honors are six awards as a Fulbright Senior Scholar and six Jazz Performance Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. An adjunct professor of piano and jazz Improvisation at the New School University and at William Paterson University for over two decades, Donelian is the author of the two-volume book/CD set Training the Ear, in use in classrooms throughout the world. In 2011, he is releasing a new quintet album in the United States and publishing a book on piano pedagogy in Germany.

George Schuller, drummer, composer, arranger, and producer, has released several albums as a leader including Like Before, Somewhat After and Round 'Bout Now. He leads several groups (Circle Wide, George Schuller Trio) and coleads several others (Conference Call, Trio This, Whirrrr). Schuller has recorded and/or produced albums with Joe Lovano, Gunther Schuller, Luciana Souza, and Peter Yarrow, among others, and has toured off and on with such sonic mavericks as Burton Greene and Lee Konitz. He was also a coproducer for the 2007 film documentary Music Inn, which was screened at the Tribeca, Berkshire, Galway, Munich, and Prague film festivals.

The trio is recorded on the album Oasis, released on Sunnyside.