Yesterday, I finally got to see modern day musical prodigy, Yann Tiersen perform live at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. He’s currently on his US tour promoting his sixth studio album, Dust Lane. The record really deviates from the French – composer’s previous soundtracks, high – profile solo albums and various collaborations. In Dust Lane, the self-described “music anarchist” seamlessly blends textured sounds from an array of instruments. He stays loyal to his cinematic genre while he also takes on a new direction by experimenting with rock undertones. Furthermore, for the first time, Tiersen uses an instrument that the world has yet to hear – his voice. In addition to the orchestral layers, Yann includes monotonous spoken word vocals.
The classically trained musician impressed the whole venue with his multi dimensional soundscape. He captured the audience with ease. Rather than using music as a medium of storytelling he exploits it to reveal a variety of extreme raw emotions.
Tiersen was joined by five other talented multi-instrumentalists.Yann Tiersen pushes boundaries. His music is constantly evolving and he continues create avant-garde musical masterpieces.
Hanging out with opening act Breathe Owl Breathe.
(Micah Middaugh, Andrew Moneno – Beals & Trevor Hobbs)