Rising star of jazz piano to perform at the Malta Jazz Festival

Among the musical luminaries taking part in the 22nd edition of the Malta Arts Festival is the Armenian-born Tigran Hamasyan, who will be performing on July 20.

Tigran Hamasyan.
Tigran Hamasyan.

Tigran Hamasyan, born in 1987 in Armenia is a winner of several competitions, including the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz competition. At the age of 24, Hamasyan has already seduced numerous audiences in the major festivals across the world.

His music, intensely lyrical, finds inspiration in the folk melodies of Armenia but is also deeply rooted in the American jazz tradition and in his album Red Hail we can also find elements of metal and progressive rock.

His latest album on Verve records entitled A Fable is a solo piano album of haunting melodies heavily inspired by Armenian folk songs.

Hamasyan performs at the Malta Jazz Festival on Friday, July 20.

He will be accompanied by Sam Minaie on bass and Nate Wood on drums.

The 22nd edition of the Malta Jazz Festival will be held on July 19, 20 and 21 at Ta' Liesse, Grand Harbour in Valletta.

For more information and a full programme of events, log on to: www.maltajazzfestival.org.