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Armen Nalbandian

Born: April 6, 1978    Primary Instrument: Piano

Armen Nalbandian

Armen Nalbandian (b.1978 in Manchester, England) is a jazz pianist, composer & humanitarian.

In addition to the piano, he has been known to perform on the prepared Fender Rhodes mechanical piano, and contributes to produce jazz, improvised and experimental music in California. Nalbandian is the composer of over 600 works in addition to having led more than 20 different ensembles in the past few years. Nalbandian's compositions have included music for his trio, string quartets, orchestral music, music for theater, Armenian folk music, and “game pieces.” His primary ensemble is the Armen Nalbandian Trio....
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”Armen Nalbandian is a truly great modern musician with an expansive understanding of the jazz tradition and then some. he has a completely open mind and big open ears. his work on prepared fender rhodes is a revelation to someone like me who grew up hearing that instrument in the way it was used in the 70s. armen can massage the jazz and can find the music and beauty in noise.” —Matthew Shipp

”extemely tuneful and organic music with a real group synergy, plus a wonderful negotiation between accessibility and a true spirit of adventure. highly recommended!”

- d.d. jackson

“after hearing armen nalbandian’s new cd, I can say that armen has found a personal voice in expressing a music that is so clearly a part of his soul. he brings to his improvisations and organization to his arrangements. he has a touch and playfulness reminiscent of thelonious monk , and a feeling of swing that is natural and easy.”

-ted nash

”from swinging piano melodies to moody atmospheric prepared rhodes, armen brings a myriad of sounds for the listeners delight”

- susie ibarra

As a Leader

Surrounded by Snakes
Blacksmith Brother
2013
Armen Nalbandian;Fender Rhodes, Laptop


Quiet, as it's Kept
Blacksmith Brother
2011
Armen Nalbandian;Fender Rhodes
Personnel: Eric Revis: bass. Nasheet Waits: drums



Coup de Grace
Blacksmith Brother
2011
Armen Nalbandian;piano
Personnel: Han Bennink; drums



To Repel Ghosts
Blacksmith Brother/Noise Boutique
2010
Armen Nalbandian ;Fender Rhodes/laptop



Tirez Sur Le Pianiste
Blacksmith Brother/Noise Boutique
2009
Armen Nalbandian; Prepared Fender Rhodes/laptop



Young Kings Get Their Heads Cut Off
Blacksmith Brother/Noise Boutique
2007
Armen Nalbandian; Prepared Fender Rhodes



Manchester Born
Blacksmith Brother/Noise Boutique
2007
Armen Nalbandian;Fender Rhodes
Personnel: Kevin Hill: bass. Brian Hamada: drums



Armen
Blacksmith Brother
2006
Armen Nalbandian; Piano
Personnel: Kevin Hill: bass. Brian Hamada: drums

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