An old jazz cliché goes: ‘You gotta live the music in order to play it. You have to live, grow, fail and start again. You have to find yourself as another cliché says. Not many companies do not alter their working processes every year, everything is changing constantly and the last thing we want from a musician, is that he puts on the shoes of his mentor and starts walking.
With Tigran Hamasyan jazz again has a character in the house, someone that has as much courage as he is gifted. Virtuosity is a pitfall, always. You do not have to do what you can do. You do not have to listen to people that tell you that you do not have to do what you can do. Maybe one note is the best of all, maybe they are all as good. Discover and learn, if you have the guts to investigate it all, you might find something special, who knows?
They say kill your darlings, but what if you just like Hamasyan love jazz, and Armenian folk music, and metal, and classical music, and hip hop and lots more? Should you then choose immediately or do you have the opportunity to try bringing them all together? Jazz and freedom are often mentioned in the same sentence, but apparently there are many unspoken restrictions within the genre.
I do not think that every note Tigran Hamasyan plays, is marvellous. One second his playing blows me away, the next moment I might be completely lost. Partly because of that I consider him to be an enormous