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Thursday, Sep 27 2012
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fri 9/28

Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble

BLUE WHALE

click to flip through (2) Virgil Donati: - See Saturday.
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In baseball terminology, Ovsepian is a five-tool player. He is an adroit improviser, a prolific composer, a virtuoso pianist, an intellectual heavyweight and he can hit for power. He has become a sought-after commodity in L.A.'s jazz scene, most notably by drummer Peter Erskine, whose trio has featured some of the smartest, finest pianists in the world. V.O.C.E. is Ovsepian's personal pet project, featuring tightly orchestrated strings, woodwinds and even a French horn, balanced with piano, bass and two drummers. The young Armenian's writing is compelling, provocative and without peer in modern jazz composition. This show is to promote the Kickstarter campaign funding the ensemble's new recording. If you contribute, you might even get a Vardan Ovsepian bobblehead! —Gary Fukushima

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