Areni Agbabian is an experimental improvising vocalist, folk and sacred music singer, and pianist. As vocalist she has worked in new opera, dance, contemporary jazz, new music and multi-media performance. Since 2009, she toured extensively in the Tigran Hamasyan Quintet throughout Europe, Armenia, Morocco and North America gaining much critical acclaim…”The singing of Areni Agbabian seamlessly spanned from sirenic beauty to angelic purity.”, Alex Simu – Jazz Compass Romania. “lush, near-operatic vocals of Areni Agbabian”, Chris Barton – LA Times. “….bell-toned singer…”John Fordham – The Guardian.
Her first project was the self-produced album “Kissy(bag)”, released in 2014 and critically acclaimed by the NY Times’ Ben Ratliff as “…intensely focused, moving toward some kind of hidden truth in simple lyrical images and phrases…”
In 2019 Areni released her second project “Bloom” on ECM Records with drummer Nicolas Stocker. Her unique minimal style was noticed by many music critics and media outlets including The Guardian, Downbeat Magazine, Jazz Magazine and numerous others.
"... strong, effortlessly hummable melodies." 4 stars, John Lewis- The Guardian. "Breathing deeply, her vocal emphasizes sharp timing to convey a quiet minimalist power." - 4 stars, Aaron Cohen - Downbeat Magazine