Zela Margossian Quintet:
Aria nominated Zela Margossian Quintet is an ethnic-jazz band based in Sydney, performing original works and arrangements carrying influences from Armenian traditional music. Comprised of talented and multi-cultural musicians from Sydney, Zela Margossian Quintet creates an exotic musical atmosphere that is sure to take you on an emotive and pleasurable journey.
Zela Margossian Quintet’s debut album Transition shows a combination of musical influences, including Armenian folk, classical and jazz music, resulting in rich textures, tumbling poly-rhythms and soothing melodies.
“Transitioning among seemingly impossible musical and rhythmic puzzles and into an effortless harmonious whole, Margossian’s strong compositional themes and organic intuitive sense for sophisticated meters only is enhanced. Embracing her background and a shift over to jazz following classical music studies, the bandleader has carved out an entrancing and dazzlingly unique kaleidoscopic niche.”- DOWNBEAT magazine.
Stuart Vandegraaff- clarinet, saxophone
Adem Yilmaz- percussion
Oscar Peterson- double bass
Alexander Inman-Hislop- drums