Zela Margossian Quintet:
Aria nominated Zela Margossian Quintet is an ethno-jazz band based in Sydney, performing original works and arrangements carrying influences from Armenian traditional music. The quintet’s live performances are charged with an energetic drive, traveling through emotions of both resilience and fragility.
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 polyrhythms, and soothing melodies.
“…The result is this exemplary album that is simultaneously heartfelt, authentic, and wholly absorbing. This is music that can be returned to again and again, each time revealing a little more of itself with its abundance of inner detail.”- JazzWise magazine.
“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.
Zela Margossian- piano
Stuart Vandegraaff- clarinet, saxophone
Adem Yilmaz- percussion
Jacques Emery- double bass
Alexander Inman-Hislop- drums