On heavy rotation in the CBTR office is the new LP from Yann Tiersen, due to be released later this year.
Recorded at Abbey Road Studios, Eusa will be Tiersen’s first ever album of solo piano music, and follows 2014 release ∞ (Infinity).
Location is important to everything Yann Tiersen does, and here, he’s taken his connection with the land one step further. The collection of 10 solo piano pieces form a musical map of Tiersen’s home island Ushant (‘Eusa’ in the local Breton language) which is positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall. Each track features Tiersen solo on the piano, accompanied only by a field recording from the exact spot referred to in the piece of music.
Between each piece we hear the sounds of the island, and Tiersen’s improvisations that are all titled ‘Hent’. Hent translates from Breton to English as ‘Path’, and with each one Tiersen leads the listener across the island landscape to a new location.
You can preorder Eusa from the Yann Tiersen online store. European tour dates are as follows:
21 Aug – UK, The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival
22 Aug – UK, The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival
8 Oct – Portugal, Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon
9 Oct – France, La Cite des Congres, Nantes
10 Oct – France, Philharmonie de Paris, Paris
11 Oct – Germany, Gewandhaus, Leipzig
12 Oct – Denmark, Dr Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen, Copenhagen
13 Oct – Germany, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg
14 Oct – Sweden, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Uppsala
15 Oct – Netherlands, Koninklijk Theater Carre, Amsterdam
15 Oct – Netherlands, Koninklijk Theater Carre (Late Show), Amsterdam
17 Oct – Italy, Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
18 Oct – Switzerland, Tonhalle, Zürich
20 Oct – Austria, Konzerthaus, Vienna