For Gyumri, the third Nonesuch recording from pianist/composer Tigran Hamasyan, is a companion to 2017's An Ancient Observer. Hamasyan named the album in tribute to his hometown of Gyumri, Armenia. "These songs are musical observations about the world we live in now," he says, "and the weight of history we carry with us." Hamasyan began playing piano at the age of 3 and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was 11, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival's piano competition in 2003. He released his debut, World Passion, in 2005 at the age of 17. The following year, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Additional albums include New Era (2007); Red Hail (2009); A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France); Shadow Theater (2013); Luys i Luso (2015); and Mockroot (2015), for which he won the Echo Jazz Award for International Piano Instrumentalist of the Year.