YANN TIERSEN releases EUSA, his first album of solo piano works today. EUSA was first conceived as a book of sheet music, which was performed across Europe on a sold out tour which include two nights at the Barbican.
Watch a short film of Yann Tiersen at one of his sold out Barbican shows here: po.st/YannTiersenBarbican
Listen to EUSA here: http://po.st/YannTiersenSpotify / http://po.st/YannTiersenAM
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 recognise 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 that, of course, on his debut, La Valse Des Monstres, originally written for a theatrical adaptation of Tod Browning’s Freaks, and later mined for the Amélie soundtrack.
YANN TIERSEN 2016 TOUR
8 Oct – PT, Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon – SOLD OUT
8 Oct – PT, Coliseu dos Recreios (Early Show), Lisbon – http://po.st/YannTiersenLisbon1
9 Oct – FR, La Cite des Congres, Nantes – http://po.st/YannTiersenNantes
10 Oct – FR, Philharmonie de Paris, Paris – SOLD OUT
11 Oct – DE, Gewandhaus, Leipzig – http://po.st/YannTiersenLeipzig
12 Oct – DK, Dr Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen, Copenhagen – http://po.st/YannTiersenCopenhagen
13 Oct – DE, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg – http://po.st/YannTiersenHamburg
14 Oct – SE, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Uppsala – http://po.st/YannTiersenUppsala
15 Oct – NL, Koninklijk Theater Carre, Amsterdam – SOLD OUT
15 Oct – NL, Koninklijk Theater Carre (Late Show), Amsterdam http://po.st/YannTiersenAmsterdam
17 Oct – IT, Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome – http://po.st/YannTiersenRome
18 Oct – CH, Tonhalle, Zürich – http://po.st/YannTiersenZurich
19 Oct – HU, Budapest, Müpa – SOLD OUT
20 Oct – AT, Konzerthaus, Vienna – http://po.st/YannTiersenVienna
1 Nov – RU, Moscow, Crocus City Hall – http://po.st/YannTiersenMoscow
2 Nov – RU, St. Petersburg, Grand Hall of the Philharmonia http://po.st/YannTiersenStPetersburg
EUSA is out now on CD, double vinyl and download.
Watch a trailer for the album, showing a crane delivering the piano to 48°26’ 19”N 5°6’ 40”W (aka Porz Goret) on the island: https://youtu.be/giCJRXIEGGA
Watch a short film of the Abbey Road recording of Roc’h Ar Vugale here: http://po.st/YannTiersenRoch
Listen to Kereon here: http://po.st/YannTiersenKereon
Listen to an Introduction to Yann Tiersen on Spotify: http://po.st/YannTiersenAnIntroduction
Hear a selection of Yann Tiersen’s recommendations: http://po.st/YannTiersenRecommends