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Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble

World Premiere of the new suite "Offbeat Outlines" made possible with support from Chamber Music America's 2017 New Jazz Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Armenian-born pianist/composer has an academic history that is rather unusual for a career jazz pianist.  Ovsepian had studied piano performance and classical theory and composition at many of the finest schools in Europe before eventually completing his education in Boston at the Berklee School of Music.  His bonafide classical pedigree has melded with his love of jazz and improvisation  in the Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Orchestra (VOCE), the ultimate expression of the whole of Ovsepian’s musical being.

Founded in 2005, VOCE has proven to be a stable yet ever-changing vehicle for its leader’s extensive and varied compositional output, a multi-player extension of the Ovsepian’s own beautifully innovative harmonic and pianistic constructs.  If Frédéric Chopin had lived in the 20th century, perhaps his music would sound like Ovsepian’s.

It is therefore quite gratifying to see Ovsepian’s efforts be recognized by Chamber Music of America, who in 2017 awarded him a grant through their New Works Program, funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation.  The love shown to Ovsepian through these two organizations has resulted in a consummation:  The new suite, Offbeat Outlines, to be performed and eventually recorded by a svelte edition of the Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble: The composer at the piano, flutist Katisse Buckingham, violist Miguel-Atwood Ferguson, cellist Artyom Manukyan, bassist Eric Sittner, and percussion Diego Alvarez.

-Gary Fukushima

Vardan Ovsepian - piano/compositions
Katisse Buckingham - flute
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson - viola
Artyom Manukyan - cello
Eric Sittner - bass
Diego Alvarez - percussion

$20 general admission

$15 students (21+)

Later Event: May 11