YANN TIERSEN has announced details of a brand new album, All, out on 15 February 2019. The album coincides with an extensive European tour throughout February and March, which includes two London dates at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 and 20 February 2019.
Listen to ‘Tempelhof’, the first track to be taken from the new album and a taste of what to expect from Tiersen’s 10th album release, here
All is the first album to be recorded at Tiersen’s new studio, venue and community centre, The Eskal Project, built in an abandoned discotheque on the island of Ushant, a small island positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall, Tiersen’s home for the past 10 years.
The album, mixed by Gareth Jones, continues the themes of environment and a connection to nature first explored on EUSA, incorporating recordings from outside of Brittany, such as the redwood forests of California as well as field recordings from Tempelhof airport in Berlin (on ‘Tempelhof’), and guest vocalists.
Yann Tiersen’s previous release EUSA (2016) was preceded by two sold out dates at the Barbican in London, and Yann Tiersen has continued to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals - including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Berlin Philharmonic, Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin, Teatro Principal in Zaragoza, Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Sydney Opera House and the Grand Hall of the Philharmonia in St Petersburg – and these dates will see him return to the UK for the first time since his performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017, where tracks from the forthcoming album were performed / premiered.
Born in Brest, Brittany, in 1970, Tiersen’s classical training was short, almost non-existent, as he quickly left the musical academies in Rennes, Nantes and Boulogne. Instead he grew up with the diversity and energy that the Route du Rock festival brought to his doorstep each year. Tiersen’s punk background and love of electronic music (Neu!, Kraftwerk, and Moderat are all favourites) is what has ended up shaping the music he makes – and that diversity is all in the solo piano of EUSA.
“It’s been really unexpected”, he says. “Because it was a book first, I had time to transform the field recordings, do the improvisation and create the links between the songs and through this, it became something longer and something special.”
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