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Although first moved as a child by the rock sounds of the giants -- Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles -- Tigran Hamasyan would focus his sights musically on jazz, becoming an adept (child prodigy, if you will) piano player in the style. Born in 1987 in Gyumri, Hamasyan was Armenian by descent, but had jazz in his soul. Moved by the sounds of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, and Miles Davis (just a few of jazz's giants) Hamasyan found himself as part of the festivities at the 2nd Yerevan Jazz Festival in 2000. He would go on just a few years later to win a number of contests, one of which was at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival. His most recent release, recorded with his band Aratta Rebirth and entitled Red Hail, hit stores in February of 2009. ~ Chris True