YANN TIERSEN – KERBER COMPLETE,MODULAR SYNTHESIS, SOLO PIANO, REMIXES
BOX SET WITH NEWLY RECORDED SOLO PIANO VERSION OF HIS 2021 ALBUM, KERBER
OUT 15 SEPTEMBER 2023 ON MUTE
NINNOG SUMMER TOUR – WITH QUINQUIS, TOURING ACROSS CELTIC LANDS AND FAROE ISLANDS
YANN TIERSEN has announced details of Kerber Complete, a box set that collates four very different versions of his 2021 album, Kerber – out 15 September 2023 on CD and digitally via Mute.
Listen to ‘Ker al Loch (Four Ways)’, which shows the journey the track has taken – through sampling and modular synthesis, solo piano, recomposed, and remixed (here by Terence Fixmer): https://mute.ffm.to/yt_kalfw
The news comes alongside the first details of a unique summer tour that Tiersen is embarking on with QUINQUIS, aka Emilie Tiersen who recently released SEIM, an album that merges sparse electronics, immersive atmospherics with quietly soaring Breton language vocals. The two artists will depart from their home on the Ushant, an island off the Breton coast, to set sail for a tour of Celtic lands and the Faroe Islands. With a series of performances already confirmed, Tiersen and QUINQUIS will be travelling on their sailboat, Ninnog – named after a medieval mother superior, who travelled from Wales to Brittany becoming a protector of women and a champion of sustainability and forestry – to a series of performances in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and the Faroe Islands. Read the tour manifesto to find out more about their aims, and watch a short film about the tour here
The tour is intended as a direct political statement on the ecological impact of large scale touring, inviting us to examine established methods of touring and performance. With several shows already booked in June, July, August and September, taking in Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and Bangor as well as Liverpool and the Faroe Islands, the artists have invited communities to suggest places for them to perform along the route – churches, communes, pubs, squats, beaches and gardens – with the aim of offering an alternative way to experience performance, for both the audience and the artists.
Kerber Complete will collate Kerber, Yann Tiersen’s 2021 album built on modular synthesis and sampling; 11 5 18 2 5 18, the modular recomposition of Kerber; a brand new solo piano recording of Kerber and an album of remixes and reworkings from the likes of Terence Fixmer, Beatrice Dillon and Laurel Halo, as well as remixes by Tiersen of NEU!, Keeley Forsyth, Michael Price and Simon Fisher Turner & Edmund de Waal.
While 2021’s Kerber saw Tiersen incorporating modular synthesis and sampling into the recording process, his follow up album, 11 5 18 2 5 18, was born from further experimentation in the studio as the artist prepared for a performance at Berlin’s modular and synthesiser festival, Superbooth. Using samples as his source, Tiersen resampled, reprogrammed and recomposed existing audio to create entirely new tracks unrecognisable and decontextualised from their original versions. Kerber Complete brings the story a full circle as he compliments the two albums with remixes from across Kerber and an album of newly recorded piano versions of the tracks – piano being the original source of the samples for Kerber.
Yann Tiersen will present Live in Passengers – ARTE Concert tonight, performing live at Berlin’s former Tempelhof airport, now a public park. Watch the performance here.
Kerber Complete pre-order: https://mute.ffm.to/yt_kerbercomplete
Ker a Loch (Four Ways): https://mute.ffm.to/yt_kalfw
Ninnog summer tour details: https://www.ninnog.com
Ninnog summer tour: https://youtu.be/Aep1u8FkSHE
Live in Passengers – ARTE Concert: https://youtu.be/3VwrcdDykdE
16 June – Cork, Connolly’s of Leap (Yann Tiersen)
18 June – Cork, Live at St Luke’s (Yann Tiersen)
24 June – Dublin, Whelans (Yann Tiersen)
29 June – Belfast, Empire (Yann Tiersen)
15 July – Faroe Islands, G Fest (Yann Tiersen & QUINQUIS)
8 August – Edinburgh, Liquid Room (Yann Tiersen)
22 August – Liverpool, 24 Kitchen St (Yann Tiersen)
25 August – Wales, Ara Deg (Yann Tiersen)
26 August – Wales, Ara Deg (QUINQUIS)
With more to be added! Keep updated here