Joel A. Martin's Jazzical Komitas - A Passion of Fire Celebrates Armenian Music in the 21st Century
JAZZICAL KOMITAS – PASSION OF FIRE presents to world audiences the beauty and music of Armenia, their folk songs and the music of iconic Armenian legend Komitas Vartapet and other well-known Armenian composers re-imagined in the signature Jazzical style of pianist/composer Joel A. Martin.
JAZZICAL KOMITAS is an experience like no other. The music of Komitas recreated in Joel A. Martin's trademarked Jazzical style for the twenty-first century. Like fire, there are many layers to this music: red, hot, and painfully beautiful. JAZZICAL KOMITAS celebrates the heritage and art of the Armenian people - past, present and future - through music. JAZZICAL KOMITAS – PASSION OF FIRE astonished audiences at its world premiere in NYC at St Vartan Armenian Cathedral on December 6, 2019.
Through Martin's sensitive interpretations, JAZZICAL KOMITAS channels the sublime beauty of Komitas' music and other ethnic folk songs, fostering a new love, respect and appreciation for Armenian art and culture. The album features Armenian mezzo soprano Solange Merdinian, violinist Nune Melik, and 13-year-old Dhol percussionist Hamlet Exoyan from Yerevan, on several tracks along with American symphony players and jazz musicians including flutist Pamela Sklar, drummer Jon Berger, and the Andrew Smith Strings Orchestra.
Joel A. Martin is an award-winning pianist and has travelled throughout the world performing both classical and jazz. His classical career spans 32 years and includes solo performances with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and Delaware Symphony. He has given recitals at such notable venues as Purchase College Performing Arts Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Severance Hall, and the Phillips Collection. His concert appearances span the globe with performances in Japan, Finland, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Austria, England, France and Korea. He has performed over 400 chamber concerts throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic and was a featured guest with The Emerson String Quartet. His career also includes multiple projects and tours with Grammy Award winners Kathleen Battle (opera superstar), Disney composer Alan Menken, among many others.
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