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Michael Sarian

Music (United States)

Chinar Es

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"Chinar Es, from Armenian translates quite literally to “You Are A Tree”. Back in the day, this was something men told women when trying to flirt, as in ‘You’re as tall and slender as a tree’.  The piece is arranged a traditional Armenian rhythm, curcuma, in 10/8, with the melody played loosely over pedal tones."

Michael Sarian is a trumpeter and composer whose work has been described as "a steady study in dichotomy. With a wordless elegance, the New York City-based musician is flexibly firm, loosely tight, and brightly dark. The innovations within his compositions are deceptively dramatic with varying degrees of a melodic sensibility" by Rochester City Newspaper. 

Michael earned a master’s degree in Jazz Studies at New York University, where he studied with great musicians. He has since performed at numerous festivals and appeared on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer, NPR's World Cafe, and many more. 

Michael has released three albums as a bandleader with his septet, Michael Sarian & The Chabones, most recently LEÓN in 2018 with Zoho Music, and has appeared on countless more as a sideman. He also leads Michael Sarian & The Big Chabones, a 16-piece big band alternative, in addition to his most recent quartet New Aurora, with a debut album set for September 4, 2020. 

Michael Sarian by Germana Costanza Lavag
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