Coup de Grace

by Armen Nalbandian

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On August 23, 2011, Nalbandian released two distinctly different albums. The first, Coup de Grace, is a live recording featuring Nalbandian on piano and drummer Han Bennink in an improvised duet setting. In both concept and art direction, Coup de Grace references Peter Brötzmann's 1968 album, Machine Gun; which also features Han Bennink.

Nalbandian is among the select few artists that have performed with Bennink in a duo format, the formidable list includes; Peter Brötzmann, Cecil Taylor, Misha Mengelberg and Myra Melford. At only 29 years old during the recording; he is also perhaps the youngest.


released August 23, 2011

Recorded at the Bonner Auditorium in Fresno, CA on January 31st, 2008

Engineered and mixed by Tommy Delgado
Album Artwork by Armen Nalbandian

Produced by Armen Nalbandian for Blacksmith Brother Music

**All compositions composed by Armen Nalbandian and published by Blacksmith Brother unless otherwise noted

Armen Nalbandian | piano

Han Bennink | drums

** released by Blacksmith Brother on August 23rd, 2011

Special Thanks: Ara Nalbandian, Chris Bravo, Myra Melford, John Zorn, Suzanne von Cannon, The Fresno Art Museum, Mary Oliver, Tommy Delgado


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Armen Nalbandian Los Angeles, California

'' armen nalbandian is a truly great modern musician with an expansive understanding of the jazz tradition and then some. he has a completely open mind and big open ears. his work on prepared fender rhodes is a revelation to someone like me who grew up hearing that instrument in the way it was used in the 70s. armen can massage the jazz and can find the music and beauty in noise.''
-Matthew Shipp
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