Winner of Monk Competition Tigran Hamasyan in concert at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center - November 20


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The Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Borough of Manhattan Community College

Presents: Jazz In Progress-Monk In Motion - The Next Face In Jazz

Presenting, In Concert, The Winner of The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition

Tigran Hamasyan - November 20 at 7:00 PM

Other concerts include finalists: Aaron Parks - November 27
and Gerald Clayton - December 18

The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute, proudly presents Jazz In Progress-Monk In Motion, featuring in concert, the top three finalists of the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. This year the renowned competition was devoted to jazz piano, and the three finalists, pianists Aaron Parks (Washington), Gerald Clayton (born in the Netherlands, currently residing in California), and Tigran Hamasyan (Armenia, currently residing in California), were singled out from a strong field of twelve semi- finalist musicians by the competition's distinguished panel of judges, including Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill, Danilo Perez, Renee Rosnes, Billy Taylor and Randy Weston.

Each of the three concerts of the Jazz In Progress-Monk In Motion Series will feature one finalist leading their ensemble, demonstrating the perpetually diverse nature of jazz, and showcasing three of the plethora of exciting, young musicians making jazz their life's work. Tickets are $25 General Admission, $15 Students & Seniors. To order tickets and for additional information click on www.tribecapac.org or call the box office at 212 220 1460. The Tribeca Performing Arts Center is located at 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007.

Jazz In Progress-Monk In Motion Concert Schedule:

Winner of the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition: Tigran Hamasyan, Monday, November 20, 2006 at 7:00 PM: Tigran Hamasyan was born in Gyumri, Armenia and began playing piano at age 10. He currently attends the University of Southern California where he is studying jazz piano. Influenced by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Miles Davis and Bud Powell, Hamasyan began writing his first piano compositions at a young age. He recently won first prize at the Monaco Jazz Soloist Competition and has performed at concerts, competitions, festivals throughout Europe.

Aaron Parks - Monday, November 27, 2006 at 7:00 PM (3rd place finalist): Aaron Parks was raised in Seattle, Washington and began playing piano at age 10, learning mostly by ear. He began is career in jazz at the age of 16 after leaving the University of Washington to focus more intently on jazz studies at the Manhattan School of Music in New York. Parks won first place in the 5th American Jazz Piano Competition and is a Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianist Association. Currently, he tours with Terence Blanchard and is featured on Blanchard's CDs Bounce and Flow.

Gerald Clayton - December 18 at 7:00 PM (2nd place finalist): Gerald Clayton was born in Utrecht, The Netherlands and was raised in Los Angeles. He began playing piano at the age of five. Currently, Clayton is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. In addition to his studies, Clayton performs frequently and has played with a host of well-respected musicians including Benny Green, Mulgrew Miller, Kenny Baron, and Clark Terry. He recently appeared on Back in the Swing of Things with the Clayton Brothers.

Since 1987, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has presented the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, the most prestigious jazz competition in the world. Each year, more than $60,000 in scholarships and prizes are awarded to talented young musicians and composers. The scholarships help pay tuition for college-level jazz education studies and provide funds for private, specialized instruction. The competition focuses on a different instrument every year and features an outstanding all-star judging panel. Branford Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Clark Terry, Dave Brubeck, Marian McPartland, and Diana Krall have all served as judges at past competitions.

The Institute has presented competitions for piano, bass, drums, hand drums, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, vocals and trombone. In September 2006, the competition once again showcased piano, in celebration of the Institute's 20th Anniversary, with the semifinals taking place at the Smithsonian Institution's Baird Auditorium and the finals at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. The judging panel and special guests featured a number of distinguished jazz artists, including Herbie Hancock, Andrew Hill, Quincy Jones, Danilo Perez, Renee Rosnes, and Billy Taylor.

This year, Quincy Jones, Phylicia Rashad and Billy Dee Williams hosted the event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Herbie Hancock served as chairman with Bill Cosby and Billy Dee Williams as co-chairs. Honorary co-chairs included Madeleine Albright and Alma and Colin Powell.

The 20th Anniversary Celebration was sponsored by General Motors and Northrop Grumman. The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition was sponsored by G.M.A.C Financial Services. For more information visit www.monkinstitute.com.

Located on the campus of the Borough of Manhattan Community College (a CUNY school), the mission of Tribeca Performing Arts Center is to provide a professional season of culturally diverse arts programs of high quality for the Metropolitan New York area, the residential communities of Lower Manhattan and the college community in which it is located.

Tribeca PAC maintains two theatres: a 913-seat theatre and a 262-seat theatre. The company offers an extensive 9-month long season of programming that includes jazz concerts, dance, theatre and family performances. The company also offers a year long Artist in Residence program to 8 different artists (4 choreographers and 4 theatre directors/playwrights) and presents their new, original work every Spring in the annual “Work and Show Festival". Tribeca PAC also hosts many critically acclaimed events during the season, including the Tribeca Film Festival in the Spring and Resfest in the Fall. Please contact: John Malatesta, Marketing Director, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, (212) 220-1459

This story appears courtesy of Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity.
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