PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshires Jazz, Inc. today announced its participation in Pittsfield's second annual 10x10 Upstreet Winter Arts Festival, with a special concert by the remarkable pianist and composer Armen Donelian. For the Feb. 15 concert at Baba Louie's Backroom, the Armen Donelian Trio explores the music of 10 American composers whose inspiring work spanned jazz' first century. From Jelly Roll Morton to Chick Corea, Art Tatum to Duke Ellington and others, the virtuoso pianist adds his unique interpretation to 10 pieces by 10 masters of jazz' first 10 decades. The trio comprises Donelian on Piano, Dave Clark, bass, and Conor Meehan, drums.
Called “a pianist with a crystalline touch, but a penchant for avant gardism” (New York Times), Armen Donelian has performed in 23 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Far East. Since 1975, he has performed and recorded as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own quintet and trio, and with Jazz legends including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera, Mongo Santamaria and Billy Harper. He is composer of more than 90 works, and has produced 12 critically acclaimed recordings.
Donelian has received six Jazz Performance Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for concerts and master classes. His trio first appeared at the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival in 2011 and received rave reviews.
Baba Louie's Backroom, 34 Depot Street, Pittsfield. Show time: 8:00pm. All tickets $20, available online atBerkshiresJazz.org or 413-442-7718. Dinner available separately, either before the concert in the main dining room or in Baba Louie's Backroom.