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Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen in concert in Germany, 2007
Background information
Birth name Yann Tiersen
Born June 23, 1970 (1970-06-23) (age 37)
Origin Brest, Brittany, France
Genre(s) Minimalist, New Age, Avant-Garde
Occupation(s) Musician, Songwriter
Instrument(s) Piano, Violin, Accordion, Guitar, Voice
Years active 1995 - Present
Label(s) Virgin/EMI
Website Official website

Yann Tiersen (born June 23, 1970) is a French Avant-Garde/New Age Musician and composer known for his versatility, minimalist compositions, and virtuosity as a multi-instrumentalist. Most of his pieces include piano, accordion, melodica and violin, although many offer a much wider selection of instruments and sounds. Critics sometimes compare him to Erik Satie, Philip Glass, Nino Rota, Mogwai, Steve Reich, and the Penguin Café Orchestra for their musical proximity.[citation needed] Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 449 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (800 × 1067 pixel, file size: 265 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Brest is a city in Brittany, or the Bretagne région, north-west France, sous-préfecture of the Finistère département. ... Historical province of Brittany, showing the main areas with their name in Breton language The traditional flag of Brittany (the Gwenn-ha-du), formerly a Breton nationalist symbol but today used as a general civic flag in the region. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about minimalism in art and design. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... This article is about the instrument as a whole. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... The word voice can be used to refer to: Sound: The human voice. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... New Age describes a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture. ... This article is about a musical style. ... A virtuoso (from Italian virtuoso, late Latin virtuosus, Latin virtus meaning: skill, manliness, excellence) is an individual who possesses outstanding technical ability at singing or playing a musical instrument. ... A multi-instrumentalist is a musician who plays a number of different instruments. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... This article is about the instrument as a whole. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... Selfportrait of Erik Satie. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Nino Rota (December 3, 1911 – April 10, 1979) was an Italian composer best known for his work on film scores, notably The Godfather series and the films of Federico Fellini. ... For the Swiss progressive house producer who releases under the name Moogwai, see Chab. ... Stephen Michael Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer. ... The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was a loose assembly of various musicians headed by classically-trained guitarist, composer and arranger Simon Jeffes (Sussex, England, 1949-1997). ...


Biography

Tiersen was born in Brest in 1970 and received classical training at several musical academies, including those in Rennes, Nantes, and Boulogne. 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). Brest is a city in Brittany, or the Bretagne région, north-west France, sous-préfecture of the Finistère département. ... Some medieval houses, such as these at Champ-Jacquet, can still be found in the center of Rennes. ... Traditional city flag City coat of arms Motto: Favet Neptunus eunti (Latin: Shall Neptune favour the traveller) Location Coordinates Time Zone CET (GMT +1) Administration Country Region Pays de la Loire Department Loire-Atlantique (44) Mayor Jean-Marc Ayrault  (PS) (since 1989) City Statistics Land area¹ 65. ... Boulogne-sur-Mer is a city and commune in northern France, in the Pas-de-Calais département of which it is a sous-préfecture. ... Alice and Martin (French language Alice et Martin) is a 1998 French drama film by André Téchiné. It is his second collaboration with Juliette Binoche after the 1985 film Rendez-vous. ... André Téchiné (born 1943 at Valence-dAgen (Tarn-et-Garonne) in France), is a french screenwriter and film director. ...


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. Amélie (Tautou), her father Raphaël (Rufus), and the travelling garden gnome. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Tiersen favors the piano, accordion, and violin, but is also known for his experimentation and use of obscure instruments like the ondes martenot and the typewriter. Ondes martenot demonstrated by inventor Maurice Martenot The Ondes Martenot (or Ondes-Martenot or Ondes martenot or Ondium Martenot or Martenot or ondes musicale) is an early electronic musical instrument with a keyboard and slide invented in 1928 by Maurice Martenot, and originally very similar in sound to the Theremin. ... Mechanical desktop typewriters, such as this Underwood Five, were long time standards of government agencies, newsrooms, and sales offices. ...


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. Françoiz Breut is a French singer of moody and melancholic pop. ... Les Têtes Raides is a French group whose music reunites elements of French poetry, theater, visual arts and the Big Top circus antics to create a very particular brand of contemporary French folk rock. ... Les Retrouvailles is an album by French musician Yann Tiersen. ... Stuart A. Staples (born 14th November 1965) - bandmember of Tindersticks ... Tindersticks are a rock band from Nottingham, England. ... Birkin in 2005 Jane Birkin OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an actress and singer. ... Elizabeth Davidson Fraser (born August 29, 1963 in Grangemouth, Falkirk) is a Scottish singer, best known for her vocal work as the Cocteau Twins lead singer. ... Cocteau Twins were a Scottish alternative rock band active from 1982 to 1997. ...


His live performances vary greatly. Sometimes he is accompanied by an orchestra and many guest collaborators, like Dominique A. Others, 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 harder pieces. Dominique Ané (born October 6, 1968), better known as Dominique A, is a French songwriter and singer. ...


Discography

La Valse des Monstres is Yann Tiersens first album, which includes several pieces he wrote for short films and the accompaniment for plays in addition to original songs . ... Rue des Cascades (Street of the Waterfalls) is the second album by the musician and composer Yann Tiersen. ... Claire Pichet is a french solist signer with a particuliar and crystal clear voice. ... Le Phare (English: The Lighthouse) is the third album by French composer Yann Tiersen. ... Claire Pichet is a french solist signer with a particuliar and crystal clear voice. ... Dominique Ané (born October 6, 1968), better known as Dominique A, is a French songwriter and singer. ... Black sessions are performances of live music broadcast on the French radio station France Inter. ... Neil Hannon (born 7 November 1970[1]) is a singer and songwriter, best known as the creator (in 1989) and frontman of the orchestral pop group, The Divine Comedy. ... The Divine Comedy is a pop band from Northern Ireland fronted by Neil Hannon. ... Bertrand Cantat (born in Pau, France, March 5, 1964) is a French singer and songwriter. ... Noir Désir is a French rock band, currently on hiatus. ... Françoiz Breut is a French singer of moody and melancholic pop. ... Les Têtes Raides is a French group whose music reunites elements of French poetry, theater, visual arts and the Big Top circus antics to create a very particular brand of contemporary French folk rock. ... Amélie is the soundtrack or original score to the French motion picture Amélie. ... Categories: Musical group stubs | Austrian orchestras ... Lisa Germano, promotional shoot for Happiness (1994). ... Neil Hannon (born 7 November 1970[1]) is a singer and songwriter, best known as the creator (in 1989) and frontman of the orchestral pop group, The Divine Comedy. ... The Divine Comedy is a pop band from Northern Ireland fronted by Neil Hannon. ... Dominique Ané (born October 6, 1968), better known as Dominique A, is a French songwriter and singer. ... Françoiz Breut is a French singer of moody and melancholic pop. ... Les Têtes Raides is a French group whose music reunites elements of French poetry, theater, visual arts and the Big Top circus antics to create a very particular brand of contemporary French folk rock. ... Natacha Régnier (born April 11, 1974) is a Belgian actress. ... Good bye, Lenin! is the original soundtrack album of the film of the same title starring Daniel Brühl and Katrin Saß. The music is composed by Yann Tiersen, with the exception of the non-instrumental version of Summer 78 sung by Claire Pichet. ... Claire Pichet is a french solist signer with a particuliar and crystal clear voice. ... Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright is a collaboration album between French musician Yann Tiersen and Shannon Wright, a female musician, singer and songwriter from USA. All the music and texts on this album were written by Wright and only played by Tiersen, which is unusual for Yann Tiersen works. ... Shannon Wright is a singer-songwriter from Jacksonville, Florida, who was once the lead for the band Crowsdell. ... Les Retrouvailles is an album by French musician Yann Tiersen. ... Stuart A. Staples (born 14th November 1965) - bandmember of Tindersticks ... Tindersticks are a rock band from Nottingham, England. ... Birkin in 2005 Jane Birkin OBE (born 14 December 1946) is an actress and singer. ... Elizabeth Davidson Fraser (born August 29, 1963 in Grangemouth, Falkirk) is a Scottish singer, best known for her vocal work as the Cocteau Twins lead singer. ... Cocteau Twins were a Scottish alternative rock band active from 1982 to 1997. ... On Tour is a live album by Yann Tiersen. ...

External links


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