7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
January 19, 2023
In 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Far East, ARMEN DONELIAN has performed and recorded since 1975 as a featured solo pianist, bandleader, and with Jazz legends including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Mongo Santamaria, David Liebman and Billy Harper.
A pianist with a crystalline touch but a penchant for avant gardism (New York Times), Armen Donelian has performed in the Bilsak, Burlington, Caramoor, Cinco de Mayo, Hennessey, Istanbul, Jacksonville, Jazz Jamboree, Jerusalem, Montreal, Nemu-no Sato, Oshanitsky, Ottawa, Pori, Portsmouth, Toronto Harbourfront, Tucson, Veneto and Yerevan Jazz Festivals.
A poetic composer (Swing Journal) of 100 works, Armen Donelian has produced 14 critically acclaimed recordings backed by top-shelf New York artists including Eddie Gomez, Billy Hart, Jay Anderson, Bill Stewart, Dick Oatts, Dean Johnson, Marc Mommaas, Tyshawn Sorey and Dennis Mackrel. In his 2014 two-CD release Sayat-Nova: Songs Of My Ancestors (Sunnyside), with David Clark and George Schuller, Donelian transforms 18th Century Armenian folk songs into Jazz masterpieces with Countless exquisite moments (Downbeat).
Armen Donelian is a six-time Jazz Performance Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts for concerts and master classes in New York City, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Specialist in Armenia, Finland, Greece Sweden, Switzerland and Romania. A faculty member at New School Jazz (1986-present) and William Paterson University (1993-2017), he has lectured in Athens, Bucharest, Corfu, Copenhagen, Gothenberg, Graz, The Hague, Helsinki, Iasi, Jyväskylä, Lisbon, Malmö, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tblisi, Vienna, Yerevan and Zurich.
Armen Donelian has published Training The Ear Vols. 1 & 2, Whole Notes: A Piano Masterclass and Ancestral Songs. A graduate of Columbia University (1972), Donelian studied privately with Carl Bamberger (conducting), Ludmila Ulehla (harmonic analysis), ARMEN DONELIAN 20 Harold Seletsky (Schoenberg theory and counterpoint) and Richie Beirach (jazz piano).