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released May 31, 2018

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鍛冶 兄

A BLACKSMITH BROTHER RECORDING

©️MAISON NALBANDIAN


Armen Nalbandian ~ piano

Featuring spoken word by Dominic Hoffman

Recorded live at the Blue Whale,
Los Angeles, CA on October 4th, 2017.

Producer ~ Armen Nalbandian

Recorded by Will Hampton
Mixed by Ara Nalbandian

Cover Art ~ Armen Nalbandian
Photography ~ Ja Tecson


Dedicated to the Memory of Muhal Richard Abrams & Cecil Taylor


All compositions spontaneously composed Armen Nalbandian except as noted below

Let’s Negotiate written and performed by Dominic Hoffman

This performance marks the world premiere of Majestic composed by Wadada Leo Smith

Dance of the Evil Toys composed by Eric Revis

Gallop’s Gallop composed by Thelonious Monk

Special Thanks: Dominic Hoffman, Maximina & the Revis family, Kris Davis, Jason Toyoshima & Sushi Gen, Joon Lee and the Blue Whale.

Endless gratitude to Wadada Leo Smith, Eric Revis & Lorna Simpson for the deep inspiration.

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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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