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Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright

With his whimsical, melancholy music, Yann Tiersen has become a sought-after composer, not only for his soundtrack work, but in his own right. Borrowing from French folk music, chanson, musette waltz, and street music, as well as rock, avant-garde, and classical and minimalist influences, Tiersen's deceptively simple style has been likened to Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman. The Paris-based composer became popular outside his native country for his score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie, but like most seemingly overnight successes, he had been working for years before the film's success brought him international acclaim. Born in Brest in Brittany on June 23, 1970, Tiersen was raised in Rennes and made a name for himself as one of the star pupils at his local conservatory (despite middling academic grades). Tiersen studied violin and piano from the ages of six to 14, and eventually trained to be a conductor. However, Tiersen rebelled against his classical training and, inspired by the likes of Joy Division and the Stooges, played guitar with several local post-punk-influenced bands during his later teenage years.

At the same time, Tiersen was also composing soundtracks for short films and accompaniment for plays. Several of these pieces ended up on his first album, Valse des Monstres, in 1995 and introduced his delicate but deeply emotional style; they also featured intricate arrangements incorporating instruments as varied as toy piano, banjo, harpsichord, melodica, and carillon, as well as piano and guitar. Tiersen played all of these instruments both in the studio and in concert, which gave his early one-man shows a theatrical appeal and earned him a spot performing in 1996's Avignon Festival. However, Valse des Monstres and its follow-up, 1996's Rue des Cascades, were largely ignored by the public and by critics. His third album, 1998's Phare, met a different fate; its single, "Monochrome," which was sung by French pop star Dominique A., was a radio hit and propelled the album, and Tiersen, to mainstream success in France.

As Tiersen's acclaim grew, so did the scope of his records. That year's Black Sessions -- a live album of a radio performance -- featured collaborations with Dominique A. and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, as well bands like Les Têtes Raides and the Married Monk, who also appeared on 1999's more rock-oriented album Tout Est Calme. Soon after, Tiersen was preparing his next album when he was contacted by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who wanted Tiersen to score his next movie, Amélie. Jeunet had heard Tiersen's music while driving and had been so taken with it that he bought all of Tiersen's albums. Previously, the composer had contributed music to films such as Alice et Martin and La Vie Revee des Angess, but this was his most prominent film work yet. His Amélie score featured new and old compositions, and the film's success spun off to Tiersen's music; the soundtrack sold over 200,000 copies in his homeland.

His next proper album, 2001's Absente, featured collaborations with Lisa Germano, as well as longtime contributors Hannon and Dominique A., and also benefited from Amélie's success, selling 100,000 copies in France. Throughout 2001 and 2002, Tiersen embarked on his most ambitious tours of France and the U.K. to date; this tour was chronicled in 2003's live album C'Était Ici. Later that year, Tiersen's score for Good Bye Lenin! arrived. Tiersen spent the rest of the 2000s alternating between film and pop music, issuing the score to Les Retrouvailles and the collaboration Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright in 2005. He also toured frequently, releasing a live album in 2006 and the Tabarly score in 2008. Dust Lane, an album focusing on mortality, arrived in 2010. Tiersen began a world tour in New York to support the album, and took a brief respite before jumping back into the studio. The single "Monuments" was released in July of 2011 as an enticement for his next full-length album, Skyline, which was released in Europe on October 17, 2011 and in the United States a week later. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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stewinsalot
@alxnovak Yes, there is now Yann Tiersen solo work, but there's only one album in the selected discography, and it's a film score. That still isn't good enough for me.
great job
alxnovak
GUYS THEY LISTENED TO MY SUGGESTION AND ADDED HIS SOLO WORK; VICTORY!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
alxnovak
WHY IS THERE NO YANN TIERSEN SOLO WORK AND WHY ISN'T THERE A FORUM WHERE I CAN COMPLAIN ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
mutedphotos
This album is great, but I want to add another vote for adding Yann Tiersen's solo work to Pandora.
alxnovak
I concur silvanam I think that such a talanted artist such as yann tiersen deservers some of his collections on their own without the influences of other artists (no offence to shannon wright)
fleszarhouse
Great influences
francesa_mae
:)
josefeene
i agree.
yann tiersen is a genius all on his own :)
i saw him last friday in san francisco--h e was absolutely amazing!!
and what about Yann Tiersen just by himself in Pandora????
yeah, i 'recommended ' it a bit back.. but I don't see him :<
maybe they'll add him if more people request him?
janeography
agreed. yann tiersen should have an individual radio station without shannon wright
Yann Tiersen alone should be added to Pandora.
Compositeur Incroyable!A n excellent musician! His music fits both my happiest and saddest of times!
The soundtrack to Amelie should be added to Pandora.

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