Get Acquainted with a Promising Singer and Pianist, Alina Engibaryan, on The Checkout

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Alina Engibaryan is a contemplative singer, keyboardist and composer whose musical roots go back to her childhood in Russia. Her grandfather, Nikolay Goncharov, was a master jazz drummer in an era when jazz was perceived as “the devil’s music.” Now this #RhodesGirl — as one Engibaryan fan put it on Instagram, in praise of her Fender Rhodes piano playing — is preparing to make her statement at the 2019 Winter Jazzfest. She’ll appear on WBGO’s 40th anniversary concert at S.O.B.’s on Jan. 11, as part of a lineup that also includes guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, our own Felix Hernandez, and a certain bassist and bandleader billed here as DJ Brother Mister. Engibaryan — joined by saxophonist Tivon Pennicott and fellow keyboardist Taylor Eigsti — will perform songs from her inviting recent GroundUP Music release, We Are . Produced by Michael League, the bassist and bandleader of Snarky Puppy, it’s an album that elegantly pairs her sultry vocals and Fender Rhodes with lush string arrangements.

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