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NEW YEAR'S EVE AT BLUEWHALE with Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble + special guest David Binney


Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:00 AM (PST)

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT BLUEWHALE with Vardan Ovsepian...

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Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble with

special guest David Binney

$60 (includes buffet and a glass of champaign for the toast at midnight)



Vardan Ovsepian   piano

David Binney   alto sax (special guest)

Jessica Jeza Vautor  voice

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson viola

Lauren Baba   viola/violin

Artyom Manukyan   cello

Amy Sanchez   french horn

John Tegmeyer  clarinet

Brian Walsh   clarinet/bass clarinet

Tim Lefebrve   bass

Cameron Hicks  drums





**free glass of champaign for toast &


• hummus garnished with olive oil and paprika served with white and wheat pita (vegan)


main course

• grilled chicken breast pepperonta (bell pepper pureed onion, garlic, paprika and cayenne pepper)

• falafel (vegan)

• optional tzatziki (vegetarian)

• garden rice (vegan)

• sauteed veggies w/ grape seed oil, garlic and pepper flakes (vegan)

• red skinned potatos, green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots

• greek salad w/tomatos, onion, black olives, cucumbers and mushrooms tossed with balsamic vinaigrette 

• optional cheese


• cheesecake bites



“…There's a pianist out of Boston who made a beautiful record for the Fresh Sound label called 'Sketch Book'; his name is Vardan Ovsepian…” -Brad Mehldau (JazzReview.com)

"Vardan brings his own sound and ingredients... I have never heard any musician quite like him in terms of harmonic awareness and melodic power. I suspect that he will prove to be quite a sensation..."Peter Erskine

“…Anyone with an allegiance to the ECM sound will find a great deal to like on these two quartet albums - the windblown pastels, the serious dramas and the clear thematic arcs…” Greg Buium (Downbeat.com)

Vardan Ovsepian is an Armenia-born pianist/composer whose studies include Yerevan State Conservatory, Estonian Music Academy, Helskinki Jazz Conservatory, and Berklee College of Music.

Performs solo as well as with artists such as Mick Goodrick, Peter Erskine, Jerry Bergonzi and many others. In addition to teaching at The Musical Suite in Newburyport, MA, performed and taught master classes at Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Maine Jazz Camp (ME), Towson University (MD), Susquehanna University (PA), Bucknell University (PA), Wheeler School (RI), Estonian Music Academy (Tallinn, Estonia).

A “Fresh Sound New Talent” recording artist who has released 4 CDs with the Barcelona-based label, plus an independent release of Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble (VOCE)

Vardan Ovsepian website

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"Dave has long been one of my favorite musicians. This may be the most complete example yet of his incredible talent as a composer and bandleader. Exceptional writing and playing all around." - Pat Metheny

"Dave Binney possesses one of the most original minds in contemporary music."- Stereophile

"Add Dave Binney's dynamic voice on saxophone and his great writing to the chorus of creators re-invigorating jazz."- The Montreal Gazette

"...a strikingly original composer, leader, conceptualist." - DownBeat

Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, saxophonist David Binney is one of the most prolific young jazz musicians on the scene today.Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, David was recently singled out by Jazz Times as one of a handful of "young players who have created an alternative jazzscene... all of whom are playing adventurous, original music."Known for his performances with such prestigious groups as the big bands of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, as well as with Jim Hall, Bobby Previte and the Cecil McBee quintet. David was also a co-founder of the hard-edged quintet "Lost Tribe" and the open-form collective quartet "Lan Xang."  With these groups and on his own, he has recorded a dozen albums as leader or co-leader.David was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Southern California.His love of jazz dates back to his childhood, when the music of Coltrane, Miles, Bobby Hutcherson,Wayne Shorter and many others was introduced to him by his parents [along with that of Milton Nascimento, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, of course]. He began to study the saxophone and at the age of 19 moved to New York City to play gigs and to study with Phil Woods, David Liebman and George Coleman.In 1989 David was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to record his first album. "Point Game", which was released on the French label Owl Records, featuring Marvin "Smitty"Smith, Edward Simon, Adam Rogers and Lonnie Plaxico.Since then, David's distinctive saxophone sound and innovative compositions have been heard from basement clubs in New York to jazz festivals in Europe. In addition to David's extensive work as a leader, he has been sought after as a sideman, appearing on record with Medeski, Martin & Wood and Uri Caine's Mahler Project. David has also appeared on stage with Aretha Franklin, at Carnegie Hall, and with Maceo Parker, to name a few. He has produced all of his own albums,in addition to two of the Lost Tribe releases. David started his record label, Mythology Records, in 1998.

David Binney website



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When & Where

123 Astronaut E S Onizuka Street #301
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 1:00 AM (PST)

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