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Armen Nalbandian

Armen Nalbandian (born April 6, 1978 in Manchester, England) is a jazz pianist, composer, author, and activist from Los Angeles, California.

Highly influenced by Thelonious Monk, Nalbandian performs jazz, free & avant- garde jazz, improvised and experimental music. While his primary ensemble is the Armen Nalbandian Trio, he has led more than 30 different ensembles and composed over 1200 works ranging from music for string quartets, chamber music, orchestral music, electronic music, scores for theater, experimental hiphop, ‘Conduction’ pieces inspired by Butch Morris’ approach, new Japanese & Armenian inspired folk music, and John Zorn inspired “game pieces,” in addition to having performed a solo piano concert of Zorn’s Masada music with the encouragement and blessing of the composer. His active groups include the Armen Nalbandian Trio (w. Eric Revis & Nasheet Waits), Armen Nalbandian V (w. Jeff Parker, Chris Speed, Eric Revis, & Alex Cline), and the Armen Nalbandian 3 (w. Steve Lehman & Guillermo E. Brown)

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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

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Discography

The Holy Ghost

The Holy Ghost

Blacksmith Brother Music
2018

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Alis Grave Nil

Alis Grave Nil

Blacksmith Brother Music
2014

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unreleased non-album track from the

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Blacksmith Brother Music
2014

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Time Waits

Time Waits

Blacksmith Brother Music
2014

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Surrounded by Snakes

Surrounded by Snakes

Blacksmith Brother Music
2013

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Quiet As It's kept

Quiet As It's kept

Blacksmith Brother
2011

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Mr. Hicks

Mr. Hicks

Armen Nalbandian
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Strike Through

Strike Through

Armen Nalbandian
Quiet As It's kept

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