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Sam First Piano Fest: Vardan Ovsepian with Maksim Velichkin
Sam First Piano Fest: Vardan Ovsepian with Maksim Velichkin

Tue, Oct 17

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Sam First Piano Fest: Vardan Ovsepian with Maksim Velichkin

Fascinated by the blend of western classical music with jazz, Vardan Ovsepian has been in perpetual search for unique ways of incorporating the hybrid formation in his composing and improvising. Join Ovsepian and Velichkin for an unforgettable night of unique and masterful compositions.

Oct 17, 2023, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Sam First, 6171 W Century Blvd #180, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

Vardan Ovsepian (piano), Maksim Velichkin (cello/piano)

Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenian-born pianist/composer whose studies include Yerevan State Conservatory, Estonian Music Academy, Helsinki Jazz Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music. From the early years Vardan was fascinated by the blend of western classical music with jazz, and has been in perpetual search for unique ways of incorporating the hybrid formation in his composing and improvising. Consequently a semi-large chamber ensemble (VOCE) was formed in 2005, focusing on the cinematic approach in the musical narrative.

In addition to VOCE and Fractal Limit, Vardan has collaborated with artists like Mick Goodrick, Peter Erskine, Jerry Bergonzi, Tim Miller, Ben Monder, David Binney, and has released 20+ albums as a leader and co-leader. Present awards include Fractal Limit’s First Prize at the Achava Jazz Award (Erfurt, Germany - 2017), Chamber Music America Grant for New Jazz Works program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York, NY - 2017).

Presently Vardan resides in Los Angeles, and instructs at CalArts.

“…There's a pianist out of Boston who made a beautiful record for the Fresh Sound label called 'Sketch Book'; his name is Vardan Ovsepian…”

JAZZREVIEW.COM

- BRAD MEHLDAU

“Beautiful sound design...wall to wall melody…ingenious incorporation of the piano into the ensemble”

DREW GRESS

about VOCE (Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble)

All shows at Sam First are 21+ (no one under the age of 21 will be permitted)

Show Times: 7:30pm & 9:00pm, and a separate ticket is required for each show.

Notice of Recording: Sam First live streams and records all concerts. By entering Sam First, you understand that your image and/or voice might be included in those recordings. Sam First reserves the right to use any photography, video or audio recording taken at this event, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video.

Tickets

  • 1st set ticket (7:30pm)

    One ticket is good for one set of music only. Student discount code : SAM1STUDENT

    $25.00
    Sale ended
  • 2nd set ticket (9:00pm)

    One ticket is good for one set of music only. Student discount code : SAM1STUDENT

    $25.00
    Sale ended
  • 1st set STREAM ONLY (7:30pm)

    This ticket is for live-streaming only.

    $10.00
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  • 2nd set STREAM ONLY (9:00pm)

    This ticket is for live-streaming only.

    $10.00
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