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TIGRAN MARTIKYAN JAZZ QUARTET AT THE KNITTING FACTORY
In a joint promotion event, several Armenian student and young professional clubs of
New York and New Jersey including The New York Armenian Students Association,
the Armenian Network of Greater New York Region and many others, invite you to an
evening of jazz with Tigran Martikyan Quartet. Tigran will be performing his own
compositions and the music of Komitas, one of the greatest pioneers of the Armenian music.
The event will take place at the Alterknit theatre of The Knitting Factory on
Sunday, March 30, 2003. The concert starts at 7:00 P.M. sharp. Admission is $5.
Tickets may be purchased at the door.
The Armenian-born pianist, Tigran Martikyan, combines his unique interpretations of
jazz with the music of his native country, Armenia, and other medieval melodies forming a
uniquely beautiful blend of old and new. His music challenges conventional barriers; he weaves
a sound that is both lyrically vibrant with diversity, and his technique renders it a fresh yet
Tigran has been playing piano professionally since he was eight years old, although he studied
cello, which was his main instrument. Besides Cello and piano, Tigran started to learn the accordion
without taking any lessons, which he was able to master it in a short period of time. He also picked
up the guitar and dhol when he was five years old.
At the age of 16, Tigran immigrated to the US, at the same year he won the 2nd prize in a song
writing competition at the LA Inner City Cultural Community Center. In 1999,he was one of the five
finalists at the 19th Annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival piano Competition as well as at the Third
Annual Armenian Awards Festival in 2000. Tigran had placed 2nd at the Fourth International Jazz Soloist
Competition in Monaco, France in 2002, at the same year he was selected as one of the candidates for the
Martial Solal Jazz International piano Competition in Paris, where he successfully entered semifinal round.
Tigran has earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at University of Southern California, and Master of Music at
Manhattan School of Music. At the same time, recognition for his talent in the field grew steadily.
His many awards include: The Manhattan school of Music Scholarship, the Hilton Head Jazz Society 10th
Annual Scholarship, eight honors from the Los Angeles City College and merit scholarship from USC School of
Music and Armenian General Benevolent Union.
The New York Post introduced him as one of New York's most promising young jazz musicians.
The Post described him as a "hot prospect in biz, earning respect from his contemporaries and whispers
about potential greatness." He appeared in Jazz Discovery on television several times, in which Chick Corea
described his music as "intellectual"
Dick Katz, who has worked with greats from Benny Goodman to Buck Clayton, says he likes the way Martikyan brings
"ethnic features from his culture" into the usual jazz mix. Katz adds:
"In this day and age of cookie-cutter students, I have found him to be refreshingly individual."
Tigran is currently working on the second recording, which will be sure to engage the listeners in the diverse,
yet elegantly blended music. His ambitions for the future include involvement in film and theater projects.
For more information about Tigran Martikyan please visit www.tigranmartikyan.com.
For more information about other events in the New York/New Jersey area please
"Knitting Factory" is located at 74 Leonard Street, New York, NY 10013.
Tel: (212) 219-3006
You can take the 1 or 9 train to Franklin Street, walk one block south to Leonard,
turn left and walk a block & a half to the club. You can take the A, C or E train to Canal Street,
walk 4 blocks south and turn left on Leonard. You could also take the N or R train to Canal Street,
walk down Broadway 4 blocks to Leonard, turn right, and see the club at the far end of the block.