A tumbling, kaleidoscopic quintet making music at the intersection of Armenian folk traditions and jazz.

“Transitioning among seemingly impossible musical and rhythmic puzzles into an effortless harmonious whole, the bandleader has carved out an entrancing and dazzingly unique kaleidoscopic niche.” – KERILIE MCDOWALL, DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE

Born in Beirut, of Armenian heritage, Zela Margossian began studying classical piano as a child. During her years studying in Armenia, Margossian developed a passion for Armenian ethnojazz, and upon moving to Australia she began combining classical virtuosity, jazz-based improvisation, and the complex rhythmic and melodic flavours of her heritage. What resulted was a nuanced take on Armenian musical tradition voiced through the lens of a jazz quintet. Margossian has recorded recitals in Beirut, Yerevan, New Jersey, Montreal and will record her quintet live at Studios 301 as part of our festival program. Spaces are strictly limited, so book early for this unique cultural event.

Zela Margossian (Piano) Stuart Vandergraaf (Saxophones) Jacques Emery (Bass) Alex Inman-Hislop (Drums) Adem Yilmaz (Percussion)


Supported by Studios 301