ARMEN DONELIAN SWISS TRIO + ZHdK JAZZ STUDENTS
For three decades, the New York/Armenian pianist, composer, bandleader, educator, and author Armen Donelian has provided welcome relief from the clichés of jazz pianism plaguing our era. Indeed, Donelian’s piano playing reveals a masterful command rooted in classical and jazz studies, clean articulation, a deft, swinging touch, access to a broad dynamic spectrum, a virtuosic harmonic vocabulary and a boundless source of creative ideas. Along with his all-encompassing compositional genius, Donelian spans American and European improvisational, classical and folk idioms. Without force or persuasion, he invites the listeners to join him in personal and reflective explorations.
“A pianist with a crystalline touch and a penchant for avant gardism.” – New York Times
“Donelian has quietly created a body of work that at the very least is consistent, at best exhilarating.” – All About Jazz