Musical Performance: Armen Donelian Trio: Songs Of My Ancestors

Sat, October 25, 2014 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Armen Donelian is a pianist of Armenian origins with an artistic breadth that incorporates American, European and Armenian compositional, improvisational and folk idioms. His music is a fusion of Classical and Jazz with strong Middle Eastern undertones and is characterized by clean articulation, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary and a boundless source of creative ideas.

Joining Donelian in this unique concert at Alwan will be Berklee College of Music Professor David Clark, on bass and New York City-based drummer and record producer George Schuller, on drums. The Trio have been playing together for the past 10 years and have an impressive repertoire that includes the recordings Oasis 2005 and Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors 2014.

Tickets: $20 General | $15 for Students and Seniors

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Armen Donelian, piano & composer

David Clark, bass

George Schuller, drums




ARMEN DONELIAN (pianist, Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, producer, educator) was born and raised in the New York City area. His work reflects influences from Armenian, Classical, Jazz , Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. He has recorded or performed in international festivals in twenty-three countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own groups, and with bands led by Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D'Rivera, Mongo Santamaria and Billy Harper.

Armen has composed more than ninety works and has performed in groups led by Ray Barretto, Lionel Hampton, Anne-Marie Moss, Jackie Paris and the Night Ark ensemble, in addition to performances with Sonny Stitt, Hank Mobley, Sheila Jordan, Dewey Redman, Paul Motian, among numerous others. An Adjunct Professor of Piano and Jazz Improvisation at the New School University and at William Paterson University for nearly three decades, Armen has taught as a guest lecturer at numerous conservatories abroad including recent visits to both Palestine and Israel.

DAVID CLARK (bass, composer) was born and raised in Philadelphia and has appeared on more than thirty albums. David has performed with Mose Allison, Louis Bellson, George Benson, Jerry Bergonzi, Jimmy Heath, Lee Konitz, Clark Terry, Sheila Jordan, John Scofield, Gunther Schuller, Rosemary Clooney, John Williams and the Boston Pops, Emily Remler, Phil Woods and many others. David is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and the Eunice Shay Award for Outstanding Musical Achievement. He is a Professor of Bass and Jazz Improvisation at Berklee College of Music and performs internationally with the Berklee All-Stars.

GEORGE SCHULLER (drums, composer, arranger, producer) was born in New York City and raised in Boston. George co-founded the twelve-piece ensemble Orange Then Blue, recording several acclaimed albums and touring extensively in the US, Canada, Middle East and Europe. With compositions and arrangements by his father, Gunther Schuller, George appeared on Joe Lovano's Rush Hour, voted "Album of the Year" by Downbeat Magazine, and performed with Lovano and artistic director Wynton Marsalis at Jazz at Lincoln Center and in a week-long festival of his father's works in Linz, Austria. George has performed and/or recorded with Joe Wilder, Mose Allison, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lee Konitz, Danilo Perez, Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas and The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. George has received awards from the Massachusetts Artist Foundation Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Julius Hemphill Composition Award.


Alwan's music program is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-08-28 16:05:11

Armen Donelian
Armen Donelian
Armen Donelian Trio
Armen Donelian Trio

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