Armenian Pianist Tigran Hamasyan Performs in Ani


ISTANBUL — Award-winning Armenian jazz pianist Tigran Hamasyan performed a concert on June 21 in the historic ruins of Ani, the medieval Armenian capital, the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Within the scope of his project titled “Luys i Luso,” Hamasyan will perform in various Turkish provinces until June 30. He will also give concerts at 100 churches in Armenia, Georgia, Lebanon, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Luxembourg, Russia and the US.

Hamasyan, 27, who started playing piano at the age of 3 and won the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 2003 and the Thelonious Monk Institute piano contest at the age of 18, performs jazz music tinged with traditional Armenian music in his concerts.

The 90-minute event at the ancient ruins drew great interest from the audience. He was accompanied by the Yerevan State Chamber Music Choir under the baton of Harutyun Topikyan.

Tamar Nalci, the project coordinator at Anadolu Kültür, which organized Hamasyan’s concerts in Turkey, said that the concerts are being filmed to be put together as a documentary.


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