Music Q&A: Tigran

The Armenian pianist, who plays RNCM Manchester, 20 Jan and Sage Gateshead 26 Jan, says he's an observer of human nature and is preparing to work with a philharmonic orchestra

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What informs your music and songwriting?
Constantly searching and finding things that matter to me. I compose a lot and try to push my boundaries but at the same time make sure it always feels good. I’m informed by all kinds of art forms – cinematography, painting, sculpture, literature and of course music – but most importantly I like to observe human nature. However, during the process of creating music I go to the realm of the music and at that moment music itself becomes the inspiration and gives me the impulse to create and love the process of that creation.

How have you evolved as an artist evolved over the years?
The most important thing for me is to find your own voice and create your own world as an artist. I constantly push myself to find new sounds. However, as composer and an improviser it’s important for me to stay true to where I am at the moment and at the start of a new project always ask yourself as an artist “what do I want to present to the world?”

What are you up to at the moment artistically?
I am working on a few different things at the moment. I am writing a soundtrack for a Japanese film directed by Joe Odagiri; working on some new material for the next album in trio plus guests format as well as getting ready to hear how my music will sound with a philharmonic orchestra.

What’s on your rider?
Nothing crazy or outrageous. I try to not ask for stuff that I don’t need. I have water, organic foods, hipster coffee, wine, piano room for practising and a giant teddy bear.

Tell us your most embarrassing or surreal experience.
I lost a bet to my band mates and had to run around the stage in my underwear.

What song do you wish you’d written?
Night of the Long Knives by Everything Everything

What’s your worst lyric?
I haven’t written it yet. As a matter of fact all my lyrics are based on either Armenian folk songs or Armenian poetry.

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