For forty years, pianist/composer and Fulbright Scholar ARMEN DONELIAN has distinguished himself in 23 countries as a performer, recording artist, master class leader, and with his published writings. Donelian’s music is a distinctive blend of influences including his Armenian origin, his Classical technique, and his association with some of the biggest names in Jazz. And, according to Metronom, he achieves this fusion “in such a natural way that one can tell it’s a master’s work.”
As a child, Armen absorbed the sound of Armenian, Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern music at social gatherings and from records his father played at home....
- Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors by Gabriel Medina Arenas
- Leapfrog by Dan Bilawsky
- Full Moon Music by Elliott Simon
- Full Moon Music by Michael McCaw
- Quartet Language by Celeste Sunderland
- Quartet Language by AAJ Staff
Pianist Armen Donelian is a veteran whose credentials have never been in doubt: he first appeared on record a quarter century ago and has recently led a string of solid discs. Mark Armen Donelian on your list of musicians to watch. All About Jazz, 2003 (Nils Jacobsen) for Quartet Language CD (Playscape) by Armen Donelian
On his recent Mystic Heights, he applies that same balance [as on Wave] between tension and release to a program of sensitive originals. Village Voice, 2002 (Gary Giddins) for Mystic Heights CD (Sunnyside) by Armen Donelian
Donelian's sense of touch and control is astonishing...
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundCo-Director, Hudson Jazz Workshop (since 2007) New School Jazz Program (since 1986) William Paterson University (since 1993) Manhattan School of Music (1989-2000) Private (since 1964)
Clinic/Workshop InformationBerklee College, Colby College, Mankato University, Virgina Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Paris Conservatory, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, St...