Concert: Yann Tiersen

Friday May 11, 2012
Regency Ballroom

Beloved French composer Yann Tiersen will be performing Firday May 11, at the Regency Ballroom. Tiersen was well-known in France during the 90s both for his work on film and theater scores and his solo albums. He gained global recognition in 2001 for his work on the original soundtrack of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s hit foreign film Amelie. Now best known for this film’s lush piano/accordion-based compositions, this is a rare chance to see the the composer/musician perform his original works live.

Though Tiersen relies primarily on piano, violin, and accordion, he is known for his use of obscure and experimental instruments like toy pianos, harpsichord, and even typewriters. He is currently on tour promoting his sixth studio album, Dust Lane (Album trailer below). The album was primarily recorded on the small island Ouessant, off the coast of Brittany, France, where Tiersen was born in 1970. The album, which took two years to complete, deals with loss, due to the deaths of both his mother and a close friend during the album’s recording. “Not a sad thing, but a colourful thing, an experience sometimes painful, but also joyful,” Tiersen said.

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