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Waltons World Masters Series

Tigran Hamasyan + Special Guests

Tuesday 22nd January, 2019

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Trilok Gurtu

‘He plays piano like a raga – the next Keith Jarrett’

Tigran Hamasyan Piano, Electronics
Arve Henrikson Trumpets, Electronics
Dublin Chamber Choir

Brona McVittie Vocals, Harp, Electronics
Anne Garner Flute, Vocals
Myles Cochran Slide and Bass Guitars

World-renowned pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan was trained as a classical and jazz musician but draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, electronica, hip-hop, spoken word poetry and more. A restless musical explorer and collaborator, Tigran has performed and recorded as a soloist, with an Armenian chamber choir (performing his reworkings of Armenian sacred music for his acclaimed Luys i Luso or ‘Light from Light’ project) and in collaboration with a veritable who’s who of jazz luminaries. He has recorded two albums each for Universal, ECM and Nonesuch.

‘Tigran, you are my teacher’
– Herbie Hancock

‘a haunting fusion of piano improvisation and sacred music’
– Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times

‘Hamasyan's distinctive musicality blends jazz, European classical music and an array of influences like progressive-rock and DJ mixing. Yet the common thread is the inventive way the music balances ethnicity with a modernist verve.’ All About Jazz

Arve Henriksen
The extraordinary Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen is widely considered one of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. His reinvention of the instrument has produced sounds that range from an Australian didgeridoo to a Japanese shakuhachi flute to early Miles Davis at his most lyrical. Much of Arve’s inspiration comes from his physical surroundings, and his sounds are more like a musical ‘mirroring’ of the changing weather conditions than jazz. He has recorded and performed both as a a leader and in collaboration with renowned musicians working in a wide range of different genres.

‘The world's new favourite trumpet player…. Followed by experimental ambient, modern classical, and jazz communities alike, this Norwegian shaman of sound bridges the gaps of styles and forms with his unmistakably unique control of the instrument. Arve Henriksen doesn't simply play the trumpet, the brass is merely an extension of his breath.’ – PopMatters

‘Henriksen's solo concert was a thing of beauty, akin to a spiritual experience.’ – Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times

Brona McVittie, Support
Singer-songwriter and harpist Brona McVittie defies categorisation and is one of the most captivating performers on the ‘folk’ scene today. She has graced stages at Glastonbury, Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival, and her debut album We Are the Wildlife, released earlier this year, was lauded in the Guardian, the Independent, Mojo and Uncut. A deep reflection on the interconnectedness of things natural and manmade, the album is one of duality and dichotomy shaped as much by natural sonic patterning as by human patterns of behaviour.

‘Beautifully embroidered folk…sweetness and bite…A stimulating debut’ – The Guardian

‘Heavenly debut… Simply gorgeous’ – Nigel Williamson, Uncut

Presented by Waltons New School of Music