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Armen Donelian & Friends... with Rich Syracuse and Jeff Siegel

May 07, 2016
8:00 PM


Pianist/composer Armen Donelian is joined by bassist Rich Syracuse and drummer Jeff Siegel for an evening of flat-out trio Jazz.

In 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Far East, Donelian has performed and recorded since 1975 as a featured solo pianist, bandleader, and with Jazz legends including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Mongo Santamaria, David Liebman and Billy Harper. He has appeared in the Bilsak, Burlington, Caramoor, Cinco de Mayo, Hennessey, Istanbul, Jacksonville, Jazz Jamboree, Jerusalem, Montreal, Nemu-no Sato, Oshanitsky, Ottawa, Pori, Portsmouth, Toronto Harbourfront, Tucson, Veneto and Yerevan Jazz Festivals.

Donelian has composed over 100 works and produced thirteen critically acclaimed recordings for the Sunnyside, Playscape, Odin and Atlas labels, including three songs on Mongo Santamaria’s 1976 Grammy-nominated LP, Sofrito. In his 2014 release Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors (Sunnyside), a two-CD set of solo piano and trio vignettes with bassist David Clark and drummer George Schuller, Donelian transforms 18th Century Armenian folk songs through the lens of his contemporary Jazz mastery, offering “Countless exquisite moments” (Downbeat magazine).

Donelian is a six-time Jazz Performance Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts for concerts and master classes in New York City, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Specialist in Armenia, Finland, Greece Sweden and Switzerland. A faculty member at New School Jazz since 1986 and William Paterson University since 1993, he has lectured at schools in Athens, Bucharest, Corfu, Copenhagen, Gothenberg, Graz, The Hague, Helsinki, Iasi, Jyv�skyl�, Lisbon, Malm�, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tblisi, Vienna, Yerevan and Zurich.

Donelian authored Training the Ear, a standard two-volume book/CD set, and Whole Notes: A Piano Masterclass (both Schott Music). A graduate of Columbia University, Donelian has studied privately with Carl Bamberger (conducting), Ludmila Ulehla (harmonic analysis), Harold Seletsky (Schoenberg theory and counterpoint), and Richie Beirach (jazz piano).

“Quickly establishes a high level of discourse and never falters from it.” –Jazz Times

“Brings a serene sense of dignity and elegance to every measure.” –Berkshire Eagle

“Donelian’s got a pensive, lyrical streak a mile wide, but don’t underestimate his ability to swing hard and throw punches.” –Philadelphia Weekly

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