Your 5th and last album has just been released, does it contain some sort of message ?
Today with the virus, this unprecedented situation of global confinement, and life which enters a new paradigm for many, this title takes on a new meaning. Originally, it is a sonata that I composed for solo handpan, in 3 movements, and which is particularly close to my heart because it was the first step towards a style of composition close to French composers of the 20th century, Debussy, Ravel , Fauré. They are great influences for me, even if I don’t compare myself for a second, they are incomparable.
The Sonata “Life Equinox” was born during that year, combining sadness, light streaks and a life-long record dedicated to music. Perhaps the 40s crisis? Body and mind dropped on Thursday June 21 ! I was preparing to do 3 dates in 2 days the following Saturday, with a lot of kilometers, and I had 2 and a half months of high season to insure. So I did it day by day, using the little energy I had left, cracking with exhaustion more than once, but the profession and the experience allowed me to insure until the end of august, well, i ended this summer there sound manager for 3 days for the festival l’Arbre qui Marche! The loop was complete, but the frame was broken.
The first CD of this double opus consists of pieces of this type, melodic and harmonically rich on an instrument which is often played modal on a chord, or even two. Raindrops Sonata for example was composed when I regained my energy and the zest for life, at the very beginning of 2019. Lots of emotions in this first CD.
The second CD consists of duets “world music” with musicians of the heart, whom I have often encountered on the road, and with whom I have lived extraordinary moments : Lily Jung, Xavier Desandre Navarre, Julien Coste, Yves Mesnil with whom I have a duet that delights me, Tritha Sinha, sublime Indian singer, Kengo Saito….as well as Adèle and Zalem. Two songs with the latter, one with a messy didge and one with a beatbox, I am delighted with his presence.
The song with Adèle is of her composition, and the only one recorded in studio of CD2, all the others having been captured in one or two takes at the time, at my place or between two concerts on the site of a festival. She sings wonderfully, plays the drum and Huaca (bewitching triple ocarina). And no didgeridoo for her this time!
She has often been the guest of my previous albums, and there are always many requests for festivals and festive events. She’s my musical soul mate, we follow each other everywhere in our flights, in our mistakes too, ahah. I appreciate the incredible luck that we have found ourselves on the way, because the hardest thing in music for me is to find the playmates who match us.
To come back to the question, the message of the album is to fully realize your being and your art, to give everything you can to your dreams, but also that friendship and love are essential, that sharing the music is the essence of it !