Slideshow: Celebrating the Music of Tigran Hamasyan
On March 8, the ninth annual Berklee Middle Eastern Festival celebrated the music of Armenian jazz pianist and multigenre composer Tigran Hamasyan in a concert that featured him performing with students at the Berklee Performance Center. Produced and directed by Christiane Karam, associate professor in the Voice Department, the show was a combined effort that brought together the Berklee Middle Eastern Fusion Ensemble, the Pletenitsa Balkan Choir, and the Berklee World Strings.
The Signature Series at Berklee concert featured Hamasyan’s original compositions, with the first half showcasing his distinctive jazz-rock pieces and the second half illustrating his fusion of jazz and the rich folkloric music of his native Armenia. Hamasyan also performed his latest project, "An Ancient Observer," a solo piano piece that musically presents his observations on the world we live in today.
Watch Hamasyan perform "Nairian Odyssey" at the festival: