Artist of the Week: Yann Tiersen

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Over the past few weeks, Vapor has been lucky enough to share in the great feedback surrounding Cairo Time, its release (now open all across Canada for your viewing pleasure!), and specifically its music.  In addition to the gorgeous score composed by Niall Byrne, the film’s musical landscape is completed by a selection of licensed songs supplied through music supervisors Stacey Horricks and David Hayman.
Featured prominently at the film’s conclusion, the song “Loin Des Villes” by the multi-talented Yann Tiersen perfectly underscores the bittersweet emotions that define the story.  Best known for his score for the critically-acclaimed film Amlie, Tiersen is a composer, songwriter and performer unrivaled in his ability to capture even the most subtle emotions through his music.  Six solo albums, three live albums, fifteen film soundtracks, and a number of additional collaborations later, Tiersen continues to tour extensively and challenge his musical horizons with new sounds.
Sounds Like:
Much of Tiersen’s music can be defined as relatively minimalist, influenced by both European classical and French folk music.  However, Tiersen is not afraid to experiment, using electric guitars, toy piano, and even the typewriter when he deems it appropriate.
Similar to: Frederic Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman
About:
“Tiersen confidently juxtaposes disparate musical elements–classic Parisian street accordion with Philip Glass–inspired piano figures, dramatic orchestral touches with the sound of electric typewriters–and collaborates with an international cast of singers, including America’s Lisa Germano, England’s Neil Hannon and France’s Dominque A.”
(Jonathan Moskowitz)
“With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right.”
(Heather Phares, All Music Guide)

Over the past few weeks, Vapor has been lucky enough to share in the great feedback surrounding Cairo Time, its release (now open all across Canada for your viewing pleasure!), and specifically its music.  In addition to the gorgeous score composed by Niall Byrne, the film’s musical landscape is completed by a selection of licensed songs supplied through music supervisors Stacey Horricks and David Hayman.

Featured prominently at the film’s conclusion, the song “Loin Des Villes” by the multi-talented Yann Tiersen perfectly underscores the bittersweet emotions that define the story.  Best known for his score for the critically-acclaimed film Amlie, Tiersen is a composer, songwriter and performer unrivaled in his ability to capture even the most subtle emotions through his music.  Six solo albums, three live albums, fifteen film soundtracks, and a number of additional collaborations later, Tiersen continues to tour extensively and challenge his musical horizons with new sounds.

Sounds Like:
Much of Tiersen’s music can be defined as relatively minimalist, influenced by both European classical and French folk music.  However, Tiersen is not afraid to experiment, using electric guitars, toy piano, and even the typewriter when he deems it appropriate.

Similar to: Frederic Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman

About:
“Tiersen confidently juxtaposes disparate musical elements–classic Parisian street accordion with Philip Glass–inspired piano figures, dramatic orchestral touches with the sound of electric typewriters–and collaborates with an international cast of singers, including America’s Lisa Germano, England’s Neil Hannon and France’s Dominque A.”
(Jonathan Moskowitz)

“With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right.”
(Heather Phares, All Music Guide)

Links:
Cairo Time Official Site
Cairo Time Trailer
Find Showtimes for Cairo Time
Yann Tiersen Official Website
Yann Tiersen MySpace
Listen to “Loin Des Villes”
Yann Tiersen on IMDB
“La Valse D’Amelie” from the Amelie Soundtrack
Music video for “Comptine d’un autre été: l’après midi“, from Amelie

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~ by vapormusic on October 22, 2009.

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