Quentin Sirjacq, a french Pianist and composer, is making its premiére in Lisbon, of his new album, « Far islands and near places ». Next Saturday the 19th of March at 21h30.
This is what Quentin Sirjacq says about his new album « Far islands and near places »
“This present music has had several meanings for me.
First of all I wanted to add new sounds to my piano playing. After the solo album Piano memories , i felt the need to connect the piano with instruments and sounds that could extend the resonances of the piano as well as add more rhythmic quality to it.
On one end the keyboards like fender rhodes, or synthesizers, are bringing an electric quality and that is clearly with reference to pop and electric music. Because these instruments actually only belong to certain music styles and era of time (that you can call « amplified musics », born in the mid twentieth century)..
On the other end I wanted to add the sounds of percussion keyboards like marimba, vibraphone and glockenspiel. They were proposing a rhythmical aspect that helped to make the polyrhythmic patterns of my music come out – and it gives also an « ancient » sound quality.
Those are the two elements of orchestration.
The third element is the one of creative mixing. It was very important to me to blend this two elements through a mixing that is very influenced by modern techniques of sound engineering.
The entire album is going around this idea of emphasis of the piano sound through two specific vehicules, a modern aspect linked to technological devices and an « old fashion » one based on piano and percussions which is not so contemporary in his history.
That is for the description of the sonic quality of the music.
In more artistic terms I wanted to connect the very sensitive aspect of piano touch and feel and its narrative with a contemporary way of rending sound.
The final goal is to allow the listener to travel in different subconscient places, by using classical composition techniques from classical music, jazz or song writing in connection with today’s way of hearing and producing music through new technologies.
So ultimately i hope that this music will be able to trigger several layers of interpretations, in relation to several time experiences in our own lifes, and propose a time travel in the different âges of our individual and collective life stories.
I believe music of today should allow us to care more about our inner life and self understanding in order to become more peaceful individuals and acknowledge the complexity and mystery of the human being.
It is important to make specific music for specific communities or specific moments of life but i have always been looking for a musical sound that would blend as many possibles « worlds » in one individual – with the sincere desire to open our sensibilities to the stories, environment and realities that we share.
QS (Quentin Sirjack) ”
Let’s hear Quentin Sirjacq on his Lisbon Premiére at The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, next Saturday the 19th of March at 21h30.
Ticket 6€ (drink included)