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Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen
Yann Tiersen

Background information Birth name Born Origin Genres Guillaume Yann Tiersen 23 June 1970 Brest, Brittany, France Minimalist, Avant-Garde,

Occupations Musician, Songwriter Instruments Piano, Violin, Accordion, Guitar, Toy piano, Voice and various others. Years active 1995present Labels Virgin ANTIMute Records Official website [1]

Website

Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a musician from France.[2] [3] His musical career is split between studio albums, collaborations and film soundtracks with a distinctive sound that is always involved. It can be recognized by its use of a large variety of instruments; primarily the guitar, synthesizer or violin together with instruments like the melodica, xylophone, toy piano, harpsichord, accordion and typewriter. Tiersen is often mistaken as a composer of soundtracks, himself saying "I'm not a composer and I really don't have a classical background,"[4] but his real focus is on touring and studio albums which just happen to often be suitable for film; his most famous soundtrack for the film Amlie was primarily made up of tracks taken from his first studio albums.[5]

Yann Tiersen

Biography
Tiersen was born in Brittany, France, in 1970 and received classical training at several musical academies, including those in Rennes, Nantes, and Boulogne.[6] In the early 1980s as a teenager he was influenced by the post-punk culture of bands like The Stooges and Joy Division.[7] He has Belgian and Norwegian origins.[8] Before releasing scores under his own name, Tiersen recorded background music for a number of plays and short films, such as La Vie Rve des Anges (1998, Erick Zonca), Alice et Martin (1998, Andr Tchin), Qui Plume la Lune? (Christine Carrire, 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 the film Amlie 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 the ondes 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 Franoiz Breut and Les Ttes 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.[9] Yann Tiersen was married to Belgian actress Natacha Rgnier, but they have since been divorced. They have a daughter, Lise born in 2002.

Dust Lane 2010


October 2010 saw the release of Tiersens sixth studio album titled Dust Lane.[10] The album was two years in the making and was largely recorded in Ushant, France.[10] Further parts were recorded in the Philippines. The album is preoccupied with mortality; during the recording sessions Tiersen lost his mother and a close friend.[10] The recordings started out as simple song based tracks with Tiersen playing acoustic guitar, mandolin and bouzouki.[10] New layers were added to the recordings creating a more complex sound. Then an array of vintage synthesisers and electric guitars were added to create further textures.[10] The album was released by Mute Records in Europe and Anti- Records in the US. The record was promoted in a tour beginning in October 2010, starting in New York.[11] Tiersen has been chosen by Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel to perform at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival that he will curate in December 2011 in Minehead, England.[12]

Yann Tiersen

Discography
Studio albums
La Valse des Monstres (1995) Rue des Cascades (1996) featured performer: Claire Pichet. Le Phare (1998) featured performers: Claire Pichet, Dominique A. L'Absente (2001) featured performers: orchestral group Synaxis, Lisa Germano, Sacha Toorop, Dominique A, Neil Hannon, Natacha Rgnier, Ttes Raides Les Retrouvailles (2005) featured performers: Stuart Staples of Tindersticks, Jane Birkin, Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, Christophe Miossec, Dominique A. Dust Lane (2010) Skyline (2011)

Soundtracks
Amlie Original Soundtrack (2001) Good Bye Lenin! Original Soundtrack (2003) featured performer: Claire Pichet. Tabarly (2008)

Live albums
Black Session: Yann Tiersen (1999) Black Session radio performance featured performers: Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy), Bertrand Cantat (of Noir Dsir), Franoiz Breut, The Married Monk, Ttes Raides and a string quartet. Ctait ici (2002) live compilation album featured performers: 35-member orchestral group Synaxis, conducted by Guillaume Bourgogne. Claire Pichet, Christine Ott, Christian Quermalet, Marc Sens, Nicholas Stevens, Jean-Franois Assy, Renaud Lhoest, Oliver Tilkin, Ronan le bars, Ttes Raides, Dominique A, Lisa Germano. On Tour (2006) featured performers: Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, Diam's, Katel, DD la Fleur

Yann Tiersen

Singles and EPs


3 titres indits au profit de la FIDH (part of the On Aime, On Aide collection, composed to raise funds for the FIDH, sold exclusively at Fnac) (2003) PALESTINE (vinyl EP) (2010)

Collaborations
Bstard (EP) (1999) collaboration with Bstard Tout est Calme (1999) collaboration with The Married Monk other featured performers: the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Lisa Germano, Neil Hannon (of The Divine Comedy), Dominique A, Franoiz Breut, Ttes Raides, Sacha Toorop (of Zop Hopop), the actress Natacha Regnier, Christian Quermalet (of The Married Monk), Marc Sens (a Serge Tessot-Gay collaborator), Christine Ott and a string quartet. Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright (2004) collaboration with Shannon Wright. This Immortal Coil - The Dark Age of Love (2010) a tribute album to Coil other members: Yal Naim, Bonnie Prince Billy, Matt Elliott, DAAU, Chapelier Fou, Sylvain Chauveau, Christine Ott, Oktopus, Nightwood, David Donatien, and Nicolas Jorio.

Contributions
One Trip, One Noise (by Noir Dsir) (1997) "A ton toile" (arrangements, strings, vibraphone, bell, mandolin, electric guitar and bass) Vingt Trente Mille Jours (by Franoiz Breut) (2000) "Porsmouth" (vibraphone), "Vingt trente mille jours" (vibraphone), "L'heure bleue" (violin), "Le verre pil" (vibraphone); arrangements Gratte-poil (by Ttes Raides) (2001) "Cabaret des nues" (violin) The Married Monk (by The Married Monk) (2001) "Roma Amor" (strings, vibraphone), "Holidays" (strings) and "Cyro's Request" (vibraphone) Les oiseaux de passage (tribute to Georges Brassens) cover of "Le parapluie" with Natacha Rgnier Absent Friends (by The Divine Comedy) (2004) "Sticks & Stones" (accordion); "Anthem for Bored Youth" (accordion), a track appearing only on the French limited edition The Endless Rise of the Sun (by Smooth) (2006) "The Endless Rise of the Sun" (keyboards) Raides la ville (by Katel) (2006) "La Vielle" (violin) 13m (by David Delabrosse) (2006) production and arrangements Solitude Nomade (by Christine Ott) (2009) "Penses sauvages" (violin)

Yann Tiersen Finistrien (by Miossec) (2009) music and arrangements Li(f)e (by Sage Francis) (2010) production and arrangements on "The Best Of Times"

DVDs
La Traverse (2005) (by Aurlie du Boys, about the recording and composition of Les Retrouvailles in Ouessant) On Tour (2006) (by Aurlie du Boys, about the tour)

References
[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] http:/ / www. yanntiersen. com Article in CafeBabel (http:/ / www. cafebabel. com/ de/ article. asp?T=T& Id=10595) (Deutsch) Yann Tiersen interview (http:/ / www. musicomh. com/ interviews/ yann-tiersen. htm) Yann Tiersen Quote (http:/ / thegauntlet. ca/ a/ story/ 15292) Yanntiersen.com (http:/ / www. yanntiersen. com/ albums) Artist biography at Everything2.com (http:/ / everything2. com/ index. pl?node=Yann+ Tiersen) Michael Hubbard (24 February 2002). "Composer Tiersen serenades Amelie" (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 2/ hi/ entertainment/ 1839313. stm). BBC News. . Retrieved 2009-06-05.

[8] Interview (http:/ / www. lagazettedeberlin. de/ 6137. html) (en Franais) [9] Yanntiersen.com (http:/ / www. yanntiersen. com) [10] Mute Records Yann Tiersen Biography (http:/ / www. mute. com/ artists/ publicArtistLoad. do?id=9163899& forward=longBio). Retrieved 20 November 2010. [11] "Yann Tiersen Official Site" (http:/ / www. yanntiersen. fr). Retrieved 20 November 2010. [12] ATP curated by Jeff Mangum (http:/ / www. atpfestival. com/ events/ jeffmangum. php)

External links
Yann Tiersen's official homepage (http://www.yanntiersen.com) Yann Tiersen (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0862961/) at the Internet Movie Database Yann Tiersen Sheet Music Archive (http://tiersen.vladtepesdrac.com/) compiled by Vladimir Yatsina Concert photos (http://lorseau.hinah.com/gallery.php?c=pzic&s=session&g=tiersen) by Laurent Orseau (Black Session) Concert photos (http://lorseau.hinah.com/gallery.php?c=pzic&s=rdr98&g=tier) by Laurent Orseau (La Route du Rock 1998) Music Video for La Noye (http://thepianonotes.blogspot.com/) from the Amelie soundtrack Music Video for Comptine d'un autre t: l'aprs midi (http://www.aniboom.com/Player.aspx?v=258) from the Amelie soundtrack Article on Yann Tiersen at Everything2.com (http://everything2.com/index.pl?node=Yann+Tiersen) Article on Yann Tiersen and piano at Scribd (http://www.scribd.com/doc/26180232/ Yann-Tiersen-Piano-Music-Create-it-Easily-Yourself) Yann Tiersen in Lebanon Event Review (http://www.lebmetal.com/2009/11/14/ brfday2-eileenkhatchadourian-yanntiersen/) Red Alert - Live Review (http://theredalert.com/reviews/tiersen.php)

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