TIGRAN Hamasyan is describing how, as an Armenian experiencing the culture shock of being transplanted to Los Angeles, he managed to make connections that took him out of the house and on to the stage.
Not knowing anyone and feeling isolated as he confined himself to lonely piano practice, he suddenly noticed that a familiar name was playing in town and decided to go down to the club.
"It's going to sound weird but there I was in Los Angeles, where there's any number of great musicians," he says. "But I actually had to use a connection I'd made in France to start meeting people in America. Of course once I'd met and heard some people, I started getting out to play and life became easier but in the beginning, it was hard. I spent my first year in the US just playing and writing music by myself."
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