Greece Shot on my iPhone X
Greece Shot on my iPhone X
So as another schoolyear comes to close, I wanted to post a video that I have held onto for 3 years now. In my senior year of high school, this song “We Hope” was the first song I had ever written with lyrics and multiple vocals and instruments that truly reflected the jazz and hip hop styles of @robertglasper @chancetherapper and the many artists that influenced my musical direction and style. Thank you @joshbritt for playing the trumpet part I wrote, the full school church choir that sang my first lyrics I had ever written, and @coreygordon1 for showing off those drum skills. Looking back 3 years from this to all the musical achievements I have been fortunate enough to be able to do, the natural progression is to keep producing, playing, and working with bands and musicians like the ones in @itzromantic on The Last Dance EP. Let me know what you guys think #hiphop #chancetherapper #gospel #jazz #piano #firstsong #robertglasper
Last day of classes of this quarter which means one more video at the public piano at UCLA. Here’s my piano rendition of Earfquake by Tyler the Creator from his #1 album IGOR. @feliciathegoat let’s do a piano duet Tyler!!! pc: @parsia_vazirnia #tylerthecreator #piano #hiphop #ucla #earfquake
Update on my class I’m teaching this quarter. This is from week 6 when I brought in my friend @brannaconda who is President of the UCLA Music Cognition Coalition to talk about his perfect pitch. The class ended with an impromptu field trip to the public piano with this epic collab over the song “Mixed Personalities” by YNW Melly and Kanye West. Only two more weeks left for the course (Monday the 20th is all about music therapy and June 3rd is about music and child development) so if you want to come sit in on a lecture, just let me know. Thank you to USIE program for giving me the opportunity to teach since this is THE highlight of my UCLA career
I’m excited to announce that I will be performing publicly for the first time since high school!!! It will be for a community I have loved working for throughout my college career at the @ucla_asa Coachellian with the band @itzromantic. Make sure to come out May 23rd to hear me perform a new original song with lyrics, a couple covers with my twist (including Yes Aranc Kez by @haroutpamboukjianofficial) , and other performances in my set. Shoutout to @emma_mkrtchyan for putting this event together along with the design with help from @sophiachorbajian. Hope to see you guys there.
Thank you Andy for coming to speak to both the Armenian Student Association and Iranian Student Group and talk about your life and music with the students. My great friend Parsia and I were honored to have this amazing discussion with you. Let us get coffee again soon!
For the past couple months, I have been playing on the public piano near Bruinwalk for 60+ minute sets a week. One of the greatest things about @uclapianoproject is the spontaneous collaboration these pianos bring for anyone around it in meeting new people and playing with them. This clip is of me and a person named Ali playing and improvising over a classic Armenian song that I reharmonized and put my spin on (with the artist’s blessing) as a jazz standard that I have been teaching to any pianists I play with. Comment the name of the song if you know it (melody is found in the second clip). Make sure to catch me on Bruinwalk playing piano and I take song requests too.
3 years in and I finally took a stereotypical Royce pic
I would like to announce that I will be starting to teach private piano lessons to anyone who is interested in learning how to play piano. After many years of playing and the opportunity to learn how to teach at UCLA, I want to be able to teach others how to play too. If you know anyone who is interested to learn how to play songs from jazz to hip hop to classical to pop on the piano or learning how to write songs, contact me on my cell or my email listed on the flyer or message me. Hope to teach some of you soon!
I had the pleasure of working with my friend LaynoProd on his latest album. You can catch the production I did with @laynoprod and @zmcd_music on the track “PRAY FOR THE RICH” with the keys, synths, strings, and the piano outro I laid down. Make sure to check it out and the rest of his album. Link in bio
Glad I wasn’t too boring for the legend. Thank you to all those who supported me in making this Armenian dream possible for me and all the Armenian youth in attendance. It was a night like no other. Glad everyone enjoyed it.