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Armen Donelian Trio
Part of the 2013 Spring Jazz Series
Friday, May 17, 2013
8:30p $18 The on-line box office is closed.
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10:00p $12 The on-line box office is closed.
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Armen Donelian : piano
David Clark : bass
George Schuller : drums

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On Friday, May 17th, Firehouse 12 is pleased to welcome back pianist Armen Donelian and his trio featuring bassist David Clark and drummer George Schuller. The trio will perform music recorded at Firehouse 12 earlier this year including songs by 18th-century troubadour Sayat-Nova, originals by Donelian, and standards from the jazz repertoire.

Donelian's trio's last album, 2008's Oasis (Sunnyside Records), was called "a rewarding listen" (Scott Albin,, "enjoyable and thoughtful" (Scott Yanow, and "honest, multifaceted, breathing music" (Francis Lo Kee, JazzTimes' Thomas Conrad adds, "Oasis quickly establishes a high level of musical discourse and never falters from it. Donelian’s poise makes everything sound measured and unhurried. His sweet spot is a particular, springy, slow-to-mid-tempo, like the title track and 'Lady of Ghent.' [The] originals here [are] all fresh, elegant forms that retain their shapeliness even as Donelian freely embellishes them, his right hand often flowing into luminous treble cascades."

Donelian, a 35-year veteran of the international jazz scene, has performed in more than 20 countries, both with his own bands and with such jazz legends as Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins and Mongo Santamaria. Since the mid-1980's, he has also worked as a prominent educator, teaching at institutions such as The New School and William Paterson University, and delivering lectures and master classes at major conservatories around the world. Along the way, he has authored two volumes of his book, Training The Ear (Advance Music), earned numerous fellowships from the Fulbright Scholarship Program and National Endowment for the Arts, and celebrated his Armenian heritage in a variety of musical projects.

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