Hudson Jazz Festival // Sounds from the Silk Road: Armen Donelian and The Ara Dinkjian Quartet

Hudson Jazz Festival // Sounds from the Silk Road: Armen Donelian and The Ara Dinkjian Quartet

Friday, February 16 at 7pm
Tickets: $25

Armen Donelian: Songs Of My Ancestors
Armen Donelian, piano

A king of the keys performs the ‘King of Songs’. “A pianist with a crystalline touch” (the New York Times), Armen Donelian delves into his roots with his “beautifully elusive” (Downbeat) arrangments of poetic works by the 18th century Armenian troubadour Sayat-Nova, whose name means ‘King of Songs’ in Persian. A professor for 32 years at the New School College of the Performing Arts, 2002 Fulbright Scholar and a widely-read author, Donelian has performed alongside jazz greats like Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker and Lionel Hampton and is the curator of the inaugural Hudson Jazz Festival.

The Ara Dinkjian Quartet featuring Ismail Lumanovski 
Ara Dinkjian, oud
Ismail Lumanovski, clarinet
Pablo Vergara, keyboard
Engin Gunaydin, percussion

Not bound by a single tradition, The Ara Dinkjian Quartet encompasses the dance beat of the Balkans alongside elements of jazz, rock and classical music. Composed of four extraordinary musicians, the quartet features “brilliant and fearless…clarinetist” (the New York Times) Ismail Lumanovski, keyboard player Pablo Vergara, percussionist Engin Gunaydin and leader Ara Dinkjian, one of the world’s top oud players and founder of the groundbreaking instrumental groups Night Ark and The Secret Trio.

Curated by noted jazz pianist Armen Donelian, the Hudson Jazz Festival runs from February 16-18 in Hudson Hall’s historic 1855 theater. Check out the full festival lineup HERE

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