The Roeliff Jansen Community Library presents

ARMEN DONELIAN TRIO in CONCERT with DAVID CLARK and GEORGE SCHULLER

 
Pianist Armen Donelian (Photo: Chris Drukker) performs with bassist David Clark and drummer George Schuller at The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hillsdale, NY on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Pianist Armen Donelian (Photo: Chris Drukker) performs with bassist David Clark and drummer George Schuller at The Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Hillsdale, NY on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 5:00pm.

 

ARMEN DONELIAN’s résumé is wide and deep, as leader, sideman, author, educator and (as a Fulbright Senior Scholar) cultural ambassador to Armenia, the land of his ancestors. Fortunately, when Donelian sits down to make a piano trio record (Oasis with bassist DAVID CLARK and drummer GEORGE SCHULLER is his 11th), he does not wear his academic erudition or his ethnicity or even his chops on his sleeve. Instead he blends his influences into a seamless, balanced whole. Oasis quickly establishes a high level of musical discourse and never falters from it. Donelian’s poise makes everything sound measured and unhurried. Even on a fast, hard waltz like “Sans Souci,” his instinct is to slow it and gather it for thoughtful inspection.

His sweet spot is a particular, springy slow-to-mid-tempo, like the title track and “Lady of Ghent.” They are two of the six originals here, all fresh, elegant forms that retain their shapeliness even as Donelian freely embellishes them, his right hand often flowing into luminous treble cascades. But the clearest evidence of Donelian’s compositional creativity may be his cover of “Django.” The first 3 1/2 minutes are an excursion far from it, retaining only the dramatic anticipation of John Lewis’ elegy. It is like a release of breath when the famous melody finally emerges.”

– Thomas Conrad, Jazz Times (2008)

ARMEN DONELIAN TRIO with DAVID CLARK and GEORGE SCHULLER

Armen Donelian, piano
David Clark, bass
George Schuller, drums

SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020
5:00-6:00PM

THE ROELIFF JANSEN COMMUNITY LIBRARY
9091 Route 22
Hillsdale, NY 12529

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