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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)

Nalbandian cites witnessing a Cecil Taylor performance at LA’s Jazz Bakery when he was 19 years old as a major revelation and turning point in his life and career.

Armen Nalbandian is the protege of jazz pianist John Hicks, but also credits Bill Dixon, McCoy Tyner, as being important teachers in his artistic development in addition to learning invaluable lessons from jazz greats Charlie Haden, Jackie McLean, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Billy Higgins, Art Farmer, John Handy, and Harold Land.

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June 23, 2014

Armen Nalbandian To Release New Solo Piano Album, Alis Grave Nil, On...

May 08, 2014

Armen Nalbandian To Release Solo Piano Album, Time Waits On May 23rd

April 29, 2013

Armen Nalbandian Publishes First Book: Portrait Of An Artist As A Young...

March 29, 2013

Armen Nalbandian To Commemorate 35th Birthday By Reissuing Entire...

February 08, 2013

Armen Nalbandian To Release 8th Album: Surrounded By Snakes

August 18, 2011

Pianist Armen Nalbandian joins Dave Chappelle on stage for Impromptu...

July 31, 2011

Armen Nalbandian to release new trio album with Nasheet Waits and Eric...

May 12, 2009

Armen Nalbandian & Little Dragon Perform May 24th

April 04, 2009

Armen Nalbandian Music Director for Poetry in Motion II

February 02, 2009

Armen Nalbandian to Celebrate the Life & Music of J Dilla

January 15, 2009

Armen Nalbandian New Ensemble at 'Day One' Inauguration Celebration

June 05, 2008

Armen Nalbandian Trio Announced as Finalist in Gilles Peterson...

May 18, 2008

Armen Nalbandian to Perform John Zorn's Masada for Benefit for the Stone

March 23, 2008

Armen Nalbandian Celebrates 30th Birthday by Revisiting His Musicial...

January 13, 2008

Armen Nalbandian Meets Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Fresno Art Museum on...

January 05, 2008

Armen Nalbandian & Han Bennink to Perform Duets on January 31st, 2008

October 27, 2007

Armen Nalbandian CD Launch Concert, November 17th

September 09, 2007

Rhythms of Art Concert Series Musical Director Armen Nalbandian...

August 17, 2007

Armen Nalbandian to Return for Fourth & Final Season at Fresno Art...

July 12, 2007

Armen Nalbandian Raises Funds for New Orleans in Season Finale

”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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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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