Visions of Nar
Jeremy Rose (saxophonist & composer) & Zela Margossian (pianist & composer)
Visions of Nar brings together two of the most progressive new voices in Australian jazz today, pianist Zela Margossian and saxophonist Jeremy Rose.
A kaleidoscopic ride through folk tunes, jazz and fresh compositions with a nod to the fiery Armenian goddess of water, sea and rain, Nar; this musical journey sends a message of hope and celebration of new beginnings. Perfect as the world slowly awakens after a long cold lonely winter.
Jeremy Rose has been described as “one of the most creative and restless musicians in the Australian jazz scene” (Australianjazz.net). His career spans a dozen original releases with collaborative and solo projects across the world including The Earshift Orchestra, the Jeremy Rose Quartet and The Vampires.
Born in Beirut, of Armenian heritage, Zela Margossian is a pianist and composer who blends her cultural influences organically into her music, a beguiling fusion of folk, jazz and classical, carrying influences from traditional Armenian music, which she performs with her band, Zela Margossian Quintet.
About Zela Margossian
Born in Beirut, of Armenian heritage, Zela Margossian is a pianist and composer, who blends her cultural influences organically into the music that she creates. Zela has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Haigazian University in Beirut, Lebanon and a Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Komitas State Conservatorium in Yerevan, Armenia. During her years studying in Armenia, Zela develops a great passion towards Armenian ethno-jazz music that she experiences in local jazz venues. After moving to Sydney, she embarks on a new journey of nurturing this passion and has been making her mark here as a blossoming composer and artist.
Zela is currently active performing her original compositions with her band, Zela Margossian Quintet, which she founded in early 2017. Zela Margossian Quintet’s music is a beguiling fusion of folk, jazz and classical, carrying influences from traditional Armenian music. The Quintet’s debut album, Transition, has received positive reviews from respected media around the world such as The Sydney Morning Herald, DownBeat magazine, JazzWise magazine to name a few. The album also was nominated for an ARIA award for Best World Music Album in 2019.
About Jeremy Rose
Saxophonist-composer Jeremy Rose has been described as “one of the most creative and restless musicians in the Australian jazz scene” (Australianjazz.net) and “a brilliant jazz composer and instrumentalist, a young man with a social purpose” (The Australian). He leads a multi-dimensional career spanning a dozen releases of original music with collaborative and solo projects across the world including The Earshift Orchestra, the Jeremy Rose Quartet and The Vampires. Rose has performed at festivals, venues and concert halls throughout Australia, Europe and the UK including recently touring Europe with guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel and collaborating with Benin born Blue Note guitarist Lionel Loueke.
Rose has received recognition through nominations for the ARIA Awards, three AIR Awards, Australian Music Prize short-listing two Jazz Bell Awards the APRA Professional Development Award for Jazz a four-time finalist for the AMC Art Music Award for Excellence in Jazz and runner up at the National Jazz Awards saxophone competition. As a label director of Earshift Music Rose has fostered a community of creative musicians throughout Australasia which NYC Jazz Records describes as “hell bent on pushing the very definition of jazz.”
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