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'Shogher Jan': A jazzy spin on a Komitas classic

Tigran Hamasyan

June 15, 2018


By Lilly Torosyan


'Shogher Jan': A jazzy spin on a Komitas classic

If vocals aren’t really your thing, there is plenty to enjoy with avant-garde jazz pianist, Tigran Hamasyan.


Ethno folk; jazz; piano; world music; contemporary








He has taken the jazz world by storm since bursting onto the scene with his 2006 debut album, "World Passion," at just 18 years old. Many of his songs are remakes of Armenian folk songs in a jazzy instrumental fashion. This Gyumri-born, LA-raised pianist is quickly becoming the next big thing, and it’s easy to see why.

His cover of "Shogher Jan" is easily the jazziest version of this song ever performed. This well-loved Komitas classic, likely from the region of Arapgir in Western Armenia, maps the course of love through the seasons. The chorus pays homage to Shogher’s sway through the cloudy skies and mountainous terrains that summon her.

Liked this? Listen to another version

  • Listen to the lovely rock ballad version below by Gor Mkhitarian.   
  • As always, Zulal Folk Trio never disappoints with their unique a cappella arrangements of Armenian folk tunes. Check out their take below on this beautiful Komitas tune.


  • "Shogher Jan" by Tigram Hamasyan

    Video: Niccolò Polimeno YouTube page

  • "Shogher Jan" by Zulal Folk Trio

    Video: Provided to YouTube by CDBaby

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