Tigran Hamasyan shares new video ahead of European shows

Tigran Hamasyan launches a European tour, featuring music from his new album, An Ancient Observer, with a performance at the Philological Association of Parnassos in Athens, Greece, on Saturday, Nonesuch Records reports.

The autumn tour, which continues through the end of November, makes stops in France, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Luxembourg, and Hamasyan’s home country of Armenia.

To mark the start of the tour, Hamasyan has released a video giving an inside look at the first leg of his tour following the release of An Ancient Observer on Nonesuch Records earlier this year. You can watch the video, made by Elena Hamasyan and edited by Mihran Stepanyan and Elena Hamasyan, below.

An Ancient Observer includes ten new compositions, two of which are based on Armenian melodies. Some are through-composed and completely written out, while others are composed with ample space for Hamasyan to improvise. He cites a wide range of influences—from Baroque dance to hip-hop grooves adapted to piano—and the sounds of his native country of Armenia are present, as always.

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