“Discernment and focus are two of the most essential qualities that can accompany us towards fulfilling our dreams. Discernment in order to create what we focus on, and focus to realize our inspirations. The full circle repeating itself endless times, symbolizing the divine energy, its magical process, and the endless possibilities of becoming.”
Tigrane Kazazian, born at the foot of The Giza Pyramids in 1987 in Egypt, is a French and Armenian composer, multi-instrumentalist, (oudist – pianist – singer) who has journeyed through several traditions of the world.
At six years old, he would draw his father’s instrument, the oud. Fifteen years later, while listening to Georges Kazazian’s works, he discovered his own musical language and talent to compose. Tigrane Kazazian expresses himself through the oud, whose sound, gentle and powerful, has been present in his life since he was born. Later, he started composing and playing the piano. Oud and piano, two instruments with which he feels in perfect harmony with and uses to transmit the pure energies and emotions he creates.
He lived in France and Canada and is currently based in Armenia. Tigrane Kazazian was far from music growing-up, as his father never imposed music on him, and instead practiced tennis for hours daily since the age of 5, aiming for a career in the sport, and reaching the top 10 of Egypt.
He left Egypt at the age of 17 years old to spend a year in France and returned to Cairo to study at the American University of Cairo. In 2007, Tigrane left for Canada where he had a life-changing realization, and upon return for a short break in Cairo, borrowed an instrument (oud) from Georges, and began his creative quest, self-teaching himself the oud, the guitar and piano while living in Montreal during 6 years, where he studied Political Science at Concordia University.
Self-taught, he continued his musical journey by moving to Yerevan, Armenia in October 2012 to study at the National Conservatory of Yerevan, The Komitas State Conservatory. The multiple cultures he was exposed to have given him the tools and openness of spirit to perceive the world in a rather unique way, free from stereotypes and deeply rooted in reality. In 2016, Tigrane and his father, renowned composer-oud player Georges Kazazian joined forces for a series of concerts organized by the Ministry of Culture of Armenia, which gave birth to the Nour Project, blending Georges Kazazian’s widely acclaimed compositions with Tigrane Kazazian’s magnetic creations.
In 2018, Tigrane Kazazian created the Kazazian Trio, with Duduk Master Arsen Petrosyan, and renowned percussionist Eduard Harytyunyan (Cirque du Soleil, Time Report). Kazazian’s powerful compositions come to life in a minimalist yet full-of-essence form.
The chemistry and musical understanding shared on stage are deeply rooted, giving birth to a musical experience of another world. The music draws upon an eclectic spectrum of influences and meditative soundscapes made of a subtle blend between improvisations and clear compositions, keeping the audience captivated throughout by the rhythms variations, and the energy flow between the musicians.
Oriental sounds to Western and modern touches, Kazazian’s music transcends cultures and traditions. Composed of piano and oud, sometimes played solo and sometimes combining them for a conversation with the self alongside meditative chants, Tigrane explores the potential power music offers to unite people of the world into oneness, beyond religion, politics, and inner division
Cafesjian Center For The Arts – 2019
Ulikhanyan – 2018
Cairo Opera House – Cairo, Egypt – 2017
Zig Zag Club – Cairo, Egypt – 2017
Komitas Chamber Music House – Yerevan, Armenia – 2016
Cafesjian Center for the Arts – Yerevan, Armenia – 2016
HAYP Pop Up Gallery –Yerevan, Armenia – 2016
Stop Club – Yerevan, Armenia – 2016
Armenian Auditorium – Jerusalem, Israel – 2015
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Festival– Yerevan, Armenia – 2015