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Yann Tiersen

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Yann Pierre Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a French musician and composer.[1][2] His music is recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments in relatively minimalist compositions, often with a touch of either European classical music or French folk music, using primarily the piano, accordion or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, ondes martenot, harpsichord and typewriter. His musical style, particularly when using toy and folk instruments is similar to Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Pascal Comelade, but his more serious work is reminiscent of Frédéric Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass and Michael Nyman.

Biography

Tiersen was born in Brittany, France, in 1970 and received classical training at several musical academies, including those in Rennes,Nantes, and Boulogne.[3] In the early 1980s as a teenager he was influenced by the post-punk culture of bands like The Stooges and Joy Division.[4] He has Belgian and Norwegian origins.[5]

Before releasing scores under his own name, Tiersen recorded background music for a number of plays and short films, such as La Vie Rêvée des Anges (1998, Erick Zonca), Alice et Martin (1998, André Téchiné), Qui Plume la Lune? (Christine Carrière, 1999).

He rose to domestic fame upon the release of his third album, Le Phare, but remained relatively unknown outside France until the release of his score for Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain in 2001, which was a mixture of both new and previously released material.

Tiersen favors the piano, accordion, and violin, but is also known for his experimentation and use of obscure and found instruments like theondes martenot and the typewriter.

Yann Tiersen's list of collaborators continues to grow album after album (see discography below for details). While composing his fifth album,L'absente, Tiersen lent his musical talent to Françoiz Breut and Les Têtes Raides for their own albums. His 2005 album, Les Retrouvailles, featured vocals from Stuart Staples of Tindersticks, Jane Birkin, and Elizabeth Fraser, formerly of Cocteau Twins. Tiersen also played piano on Staples' solo album, Lucky Dog Recordings 03-04. In 2004 he also released a collaborative CD with American singer-songwriter Shannon Wright.

His live performances vary greatly. Sometimes he is accompanied by an orchestra and many guest collaborators, like Dominique A. Other times, he offers the more frequent minimalistic sessions, usually accompanied only by a drummer/bassist and a guitarist, with Tiersen switching seamlessly between piano, accordion, and violin for his lighter songs, and electric guitar for his louder pieces (where his Avant-Garde Music meet some rock sonorities).Lately, however, he has almost banished piano, accordion and violin and focused more on his electric guitar instead, as visible in his 2009-2010 Live Tours.[6]

Yann Tiersen was married to Belgian actress Natacha Régnier, but they have since been divorced. They have a daughter, Lise born in 2002.[citation needed


Discography


Studio albums

Amélie Original Soundtrack (2001)

[edit]Live albums

[edit]Singles and EPs

[edit]Collaborations

[edit]Contributions

[edit]DVDs

[edit]References

  1. ^ Article in CafeBabel (Deutsch)
  2. ^ Yann Tiersen interview
  3. ^ Artist biography at Everything2.com
  4. ^ Michael Hubbard (24 February 2002). "Composer Tiersen serenades Amelie". BBC News. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  5. ^ Interview (en Français)
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b c d e “Mute Records – Yann Tiersen Biography”. Retrieved 20 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Yann Tiersen – Official Site". Retrieved 20 November 2010.

[edit]External links



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