Thrive Armenia Foundation is delighted to announce our formal partnership with Joel A. Martin – the creator of Jazzical Komitas- In support of “Jazzical Komitas Grammy Campaign 2022-23”.
JAZZICAL® is a celebration of creative fusion — it’s the explosive union of classical composition and jazz innovation ignited with a fresh spirit all its own. JAZZICAL® captures the dynamic force of multiple cultures and influences, unleashing a kinetic energy that breaks down boundaries and yields whole new worlds of musical expression.
JAZZICAL® upholds the integrity of both the classical and jazz traditions while creating something new and authentic. No matter the project, classical music is never left at the door – he takes it with him and makes it anew! JAZZICAL® – Beyond classical and jazz. It is next level music-making! Joel A. Martin is a Norwalk CT-based pianist, producer, composer, and arranger who has collaborated with, and/or written music for, Grammy® Award-winners Alan Menken, Kathleen Battle, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, among many luminaries.
Trained as a classical pianist at the Hartt School of Music and SUNY, Purchase, he created “Jazzical” in 1995 as a celebration of creative fusion: “the explosive union of classical composition and jazz innovation ignited with a fresh spirit all its own.”
On March 10, 2022 Joel released his 9th CD “Jazzical: Komitas – Passion of Fire” paying homage to Armenia’s cultural and artistic icon, Komitas Vartabed, with a world tour being planned in support of this project.