About Armen Nalbandian
Armen Nalbandian (b. 1978 in Manchester, England) is a jazz pianist, composer and humanitarian.
In addition to the piano, he has been known to perform on the Fender Rhodes mechanical piano, and contributes to produce jazz, improvised and experimental music in California. Nalbandian is the composer of over 1100 works in addition to having led more than 20 different ensembles over the last decade. Nalbandian's compositions have included music for his trio, string quartets, orchestral music, music for theater, Armenian folk music, and “game pieces.” His primary ensemble is the Armen Nalbandian Trio.
From 2004-2008, Nalbandian served as the Music Director\Artist-in-Residence of the Fresno Art Museum, Artistic Director of Jazz @ the F.A.M. and curator of the Rhythms of Art. Nalbandian is also the Artistic Director of the F.O.R.M. (Festival of Resurrected Music).
Nalbandian is a protegee of pianist John Hicks and has performed with Billy Higgins, comedian Dave Chappelle and Han Bennink.
Nalbandian is the founder of Blacksmith Brother Music. In 2008, Nalbandian was named as a finalist in the 2008 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Talent Search. Armen Nalbandian returned to performance on January 20, 2009, as Music Director for the Day One Event, celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama and a few weeks later in a tribute to Hip Hop producer J Dilla in a benefit for Jay Dee's mother, Ma Dukes.
Nalbandian's most recent recordings include Coup de Grace: a duet album with Han Bennink and Quiet, as it's Kept: a trio album featuring Eric Revis and Nasheet Waits.