Just before the year draws to a close, Yann Tiersen is following up last year’s outstanding album ∞ (Infinity). Eusa, an album in the form of a book of sheet music, will see the light of day tomorrow. Named after the island of Ushant off the coast of Tiersen’s native Brittany, the effort features ten brand new piano pieces, each related to a specific location in Ushant. Here’s what the French composer said about it:
“Ushant is more than just a home – it’s a part of me. The idea was to make a map of the island and, by extension, a map of who I am. To begin with I chose ten locations on the island and made a series of field recordings at each of them. The pieces of piano music I then went on to write are named after these locations, and the sheet music for each piece is accompanied by a GPS coordinate and a photograph of the site taken by Emilie Quinquis.”
Tiersen has also created a website to accompany this release with photographs and field recordings from each location.
And to entice us further, Tiersen has shared an excerpt from the beautiful ‘Porz Goret’, with a video filmed and recorded at Porz Goret. Here it is.
Yann Tiersen is set to perform a series of live shows in May 2016, including two dates at London’s Barbican on May 7th and May 10th. Consisting of a collection of solo piano and violin works, Eusa’s ten new piano pieces will be the core of these performances.