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Tigran HAMASYAN is the absolute leader of the fantastic music ensemble named ARATTA REBIRTH.

Born in Gyumri, Armenia, at the tender age of three he began to listen to some classic rock music, because of the discs his father collected at home. LED ZEPPELIN, THE BEATLES, DEEP PURPLE...such bands were like his daily bread in those days. "Stairway to Heaven" was one of the first songs that he learned to play on the piano. At the age of seven, thanks to his uncle, he discovered some great jazz piano players such as Art TATUM, Herbie HANCOCK, Thelonious MONK, Bud POWELL, to name a few.

Combining the energy of the rock with the great free improvisations typical of the jazz music with his great love for Armenian folk traditions, both as music and culture, these things put together are the foundations to his incredible and original musical language. Between 2001 and 2006, he participated in many solo piano and jazz competitions around the world, always taking one of the first three positions.

In 2006 he recorded his first CD, entitled "World Passion", followed two years later by the amazing, and even most intense, "New Era". In 2011 a new record came out, "A Fable", a gorgeous collection of amazing solo piano pieces.

In 2009 he founded this new ensemble, called ARATTA REBIRTH, with whom Tigran deicided to expand his personal musical vocabulary even more, surprisingly adding some progressive rock elements to the compositions. The name Aratta comes from an ancient, legendary city apparently founded by the Sumeri people around the 2500 b.c., possibly between the Middle East and Southern Asia, but it appears to be uncertain.

The band personnel on "Red Hail" are Areni AGBABIAN (voice), Sam MINAIE on electric guitar and acoustic bass, Ben WENDEL on brass and woodwinds, and Nate WOOD on drums.

The music of "Red Hail" is like a travel back to discover the deeper roots of the history and mythology of Armenian people. Sometimes it sounds poetic, sometimes it is dark and inexorably threatening. The group ARATTA REBIRTH and the artist Tigran HAMASYAN deserve to be discovered and carefully listened!

For lovers of multidimentional music!

Sergio Alexanian

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