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

 

VOCE (Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble) was formed in 2005 in Boston, and is now based in Los Angeles.

VOCE's provocative arrangements integrate elements of three traditions: western classical forms, jazz improvisation, and folk elements from different lands. The compositions range from darkly epic and driving, to playful and contemplative, varying in length from vignettes to longer suites.

Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist/composer whose studies include Yerevan State Conservatory, Estonian Music Academy, Helsinki Jazz Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music.

Performs solo as well as with artists such as Mick Goodrick, Peter Erskine and Jerry Bergonzi.

In addition to teaching at The Musical Suite in Newburyport, MA, performed and taught master classes at Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Maine Jazz Camp (ME), Towson University (MD), Susquehanna University (PA), Bucknell University (PA), Wheeler School (RI), Estonian Music Academy (Tallinn, Estonia), Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music (Chennai, India), CalArts (CA).

Vardan has released 5 CDs with “Fresh Sound New Talent” label, plus independent releases of VOCE - Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (2006 and 2013). Recent works also include a publication of a book “Mirror Exercises”, a release of Peter Erskine New Trio album “Joy Luck” and several duo/trio albums.

MEET THE ARTISTS

 

Q: Vardan, could you tell us more about your unique methods in improvisation and teaching?

 

A: Presenting combinations of melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structures in a way that facilitates an understanding of how these relative structures evolve into improvisation and composition, opening students to their own ways of working with and choosing among the full selection of possibilities in their practice, composing, arranging, and performing.

Vardan Ovsepian & VOCE

(pianist, composer, arranger, chamber choir - Armenia)

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