Hailing from Brittany, Yann Tiersen is one of the most revered artists of his generation with a reputation first established by his studio albums (which included 1997 Cascade Street 1998’s The Lighthouse and to 2005’s Les Retrouvailles). The early albums were combined and used for the Amelie soundtrack (2001), earning him global recognition. Recent albums on Mute, Dust Lane (2010) and Skyline (2011) has seen his prominence build, along with projects such as the recent live score to the Fantômas series which he curated at the Théâtre de Châtelet with guests Tim Hecker, James Blackshaw, Loney Dear and Amiina.
Following the release of EUSA, a brand new album of piano compositions recorded live at Abbey Road, Yann Tiersen is launching a competition to find the best and most interesting interpretations of tracks from the album. There are three categories for entry: Best Overall Performance, Most Interesting Location and Best Non-Piano Performance. Fans are asked to upload their interpretations to http://myeusa.com and three winners, chosen by Yann Tiersen, will win a signed toy piano (the same kind that Tiersen performs with on the current tour), plus signed EUSA goodies. The competition closes on January 13, 2017, and winners will be announced on January 23. Further information available from http://myeusa.com.
Watch + share a brand new video of Tiersen playing his track “Yuzin” live at Abbey Road below:
Win a Copy of Yann Tiersen’s New Album!
Yann Tiersen just released his latest album EUSA via Mute Records. Watch a short film of Yann Tiersen at one of his sold out Barbican shows here. Listen to EUSA here or here. For a chance to win a copy of Tiersen’s new album, email the title of your favorite Yann Tiersen track with “Yann Tiersen Contest” as the Subject to email@example.com.
Yann Tiersen to Release First Solo Piano Album in September
YANN TIERSEN has unveiled a brand new track, taken from his forthcoming album, EUSA, out on September 30, 2016.
Listen to “Kereon” HERE.
EUSA, recorded at Abbey Road, is Tiersen’s first ever album of solo piano music, and follows 2014’s album release, ∞ (Infinity).
Location is important to everything Yann Tiersen does, and here, Tiersen has taken his connection with the land one step further. The collection of 10 solo piano pieces form a musical map of Tiersen’s home island Ushant (“Eusa” in the local Breton language) which is positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall.
Each track was conceived in and named after a location on the island. Initially tracks were only available as sheet music, with each piano piece accompanied by a photograph of the location and a field recording. For his album he took things a step further – firstly Tiersen manipulated his original field recordings to create a subtle drone of the natural noises on the island, then took everything to Studio 1 at Abbey Road and recorded the solo piano.
Between each piece we hear the sounds of the island, and Tiersen’s improvisations that are all titled “Hent.” Hent translates from Breton to English as Path and with each one, Tiersen leads the listener across the island landscape to a new location.
His full immersion into the rustic way of life and his admiration for desolate, sparsely-inhabited landscapes all seem a far cry from the cutesy postcard image of Montmartre and the soundtrack for the film Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001), that some might best recognize Tiersen from. In fact this album sees a more stripped back production last seen on the collaborative soundtrack for Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003) and before, of course, that on his debut, La Valse Des Monstres, originally written for a theatrical adaptation of Tod Browning’sFreaks, and later mined for the Amélie soundtrack.