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Armenian born New York City based vocalist composer and pianist Astghik Martirosyan is drawing from a variety of sonic worlds — ranging from classical piano, traditional Armenian folk music, to jazz and contemporary improvisation. Exploring different chambers of her artistry Astghik collaborated and performed with musicians such as Dave Holland, Darek Oleszkiewicz and Magos Herrera. Astghik is a recent recipient of Magos Herrera Female Immigrant Musician Award (2022). Speaking of her work jurors noted “She is very thoughtful about bringing together elements of her tradition with her creative and jazz language. There’s a real voice there”.

In parallel to pursuing bachelor’s degree in classical piano at Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory, Astghik was already actively performing as a jazz vocalist with various ensembles including Armenian State Jazz Orchestra in Armenia and abroad. Her artistic collaborations lead to moving to the United States, where Astghik recently finished recording her debut album “Distance” that will be released in the Fall of 2023. The album features Vardan Ovsepian on piano, Darek Oleszkiewicz on bass, Christian Euman on drums, Daniel Rotem on tenor sax and Maksim Velichkin on cello. Astghik recently graduated from New England Conservatory of Music with Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance. At NEC she studied with Dominique Eade and Frank Carlberg.

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