NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE ON SEPTEMBER, THE 22n
« NEw’ AMzer »
IN LIVE ON NOVEMBER THE 7th ● LA CIGALE ● PARIS
OF CARREER AND PASSION
24 ALBUMS SUPPORTING THE MUSIC OF MANKIND
Before being met by a few fellow musical travellers like himself, it was alone, in his studio that Alan Stivell crafted this beautiful tribute to time, inspired by the change of seasons and poetry.
The deep solace that transpires is supported by a « sound design » where vocals, flutes, and percussions build the mould for some contemplative music, a kind of avant-folk with an innovative electronic take.
Immemorial past and modernity come together in this passing of time, an AMzer.
Alan Stivell is first and foremost an original.
Not content with reviving a forgotten instrument in his earliest youth, he gradually brought in its electric version.
Not content with fusing rock music with the music of his roots, he went beyond this partnership to draw on all the influences available; eclecticism taken to its logical conclusion.
Certainly Alan Stivell is the high priest – and even the inventor – of Celtic music.
But this could make us forget that his is a quest for a Global music. There is no lack of modesty in this; just a rare and irresistible attraction to all music, from all places and times.
Listening to his 24 albums, it is easy to spot influences from all the main musical genres, references to various periods, from Antiquity to the electronic age, and a wealth of ethnic echoes.
The culture dearest to his heart, however, remains at the core of his work. Indeed, how could a truly universal music exclude the Celtic idiom?
Similarly, his voice travels through different styles, timbres and times, following his feelings and desires. Weightless, it has a very personal rhythmic accent.
His chosen words, his own or by others, travel like his voice and his music from one style and one language to another – including local accents within a text. The most Cartesian among us could get lost.
He calmly goes his own way.
And his audience seems not to lose a single thread – or harp string – binding them to him for half a century in some cases, a week in others.
- NEW’ AMZER (SPRING) 4:44 (Kentin Bleuzen / Alan Stivell)
- OTHER TIMES – AMZERIOU ALL (HAIKU DE PRINTEMPS) 03:16 (public / Alan Stivell)
- MATIN DE PRINTEMPS – KESA NO HARU (HAÏKU DE PRINTEMPS 2) 6:41 (Kobayashi Issa, Matsuo Bashô and Corinne Atlan /Alan Stivell)
- MINTIN NEW ‘HAÑV (HAIKU DE PRINTEMPS 3) 02:31 (public / Alan Stivell)
- AU PLUS PRES DES LIMITES – JE MARCHERAI (AN TOSTAÑ D’AN HARZOU – NEARBY THE BOUNDS) 05:16 (Geneste / Alan Stivell)
- POSTSCRIPT 05:39 (Séamus Heaney / Alan Stivell)
- KALA GOAÑV / CALENDES D’HIVER (AS A TRIBUTE 1) 03:00 (Alan Stivell)
- WHAT COULD I DO (AS A TRIBUTE 2) 04:32 (Alan Stivell/Alan Stivell)
- KERZU – DECEMBER (AS A TRIBUTE 3) 05:19 (Alan Stivell)
- PURPLE MOON 07:46 (Laurent Bourdelas/Alan Stivell)
- HALAGE 02:52 (Alan Stivell/Alan Stivell)
- ECHU AR GOAÑV / TILL SPRING ? 03:13 (Alan Stivell)
Alan Stivell : programmations, vocals, harps, tin and low-whistle
- Cédric Alexandre : double bass (5)
- Anne Gwen Brodu : flute (7,8)
- Toshiko Dhotel : Nippon talking vocals (2)
- Gaëtan Grandjean : acoustic guitar (9)
- Nicolas Hild : percussions (5,7,8)
- David Millemann : guitars, sound design and programmations (2,3,4,8,9,11)
- Maliko Oka : Nippon talking vocals (2,3)
- Gráinne O’Malley : Irish vocals (6)
- Véronique Piron : master of shakuhachi, percussions (3,5)
- Nicolas Pougnand : sound design (1,2,5,10)
- Loumi Seveno : alto (9)
Recorded from november 2011 to november 2014 at Keltia III studio (35, Brittany), from october 2014 to january 2015 at Studio Tillaut (35, Brittany).
Produced by Alan Stivell, recorded by Damien Tillaut
Mixed january and february 2015 at Studio Tillaut by Damien Tillaut and Alan Stivell, except 7, 8, 9, from december 2014 to february 2015 at La Licorne Rouge (Rennes, Brittany) by Ted Beauvarlet, David Millemann and Alan Stivell.
Masterized march 2015 at Translab (Paris) by Benj
Artwork « Ballmap », by Jérémie Brunet
Published by : Keltia III,
except 3 and 4 : Gallimard and Keltia II
and 6 : Faber & Faber and Keltia III
- 08.07.15 – Carcassonne (11-Oc), Festival of Carcassonne
- 12.07.15 – Saint Malo (35-Bzh), Fest. Folklore of the World
- 07.11.15 – Paris (75), La Cigale
- 26.02.16 – Rouen (76), Le Zénith
- 27.02.16 – Caen (14), Le Zénith
- 28.02.16 – Brest (29-Bzh), Arena
- 02.03.16 – Troyes (10), Le Cube
- 04.03.16 – Lille (59-Vl), Le Zénith
- 05.03.16 – Rennes (35-Bzh), Le Liberté
- 06.03.16 – Laval (53), Parc des Expos
- 08.03.16 – Angers (49), Amphithéâtre
- 09.03.16 – Tours (37), Le Vinci
- 10.03.16 – Limoges (87-Oc), Le Zénith
- 11.03.16 – Deols/Châteauroux, Equinoxe
- 12.03.16 – Paris (75), Palais des Congrès
- 13.03.16 – Epernay (51), Millesium
- 17.03.16 – Roanne (42), Le Scarabée
- 18.03.16 – Montluçon (03), Athanor
- 19.03.16 – Lyon (69), Amphi 3000
- 20.03.16 – St Etienne (42), Le Zénith
- 30.03.16 – Nantes (44-Bzh), Cité des Congrès
- 31.03.16 – Vannes (56-Bzh), Parc Chorus
- 01.04.16 – Niort (79), L’acclameur
- 02.04.16 – Toulouse (31), Le Zénith
- 03.04.16 – Clermont-Ferrand (63-Oc), Le Zénith
- 07.04.16 – Dijon (21), Le Zénith
- 08.04.16 – Grenoble (38-Sa), Summum
ALAN STIVELL IN A FEW WORDS
- From the age of nine (1953), his first recitals (Unesco, Vannes Cathedral, Olympia even) proved influential and saw the Breton revival of the Celtic harp.
- He took a passionate interest (and specialized) in Celtic music and culture.
- From 1958 to 1966, he designed electric harps, sketched out a symphony and made his first recordings for solo harp. In another domain (more traditional music), he was recognized as among the best players of the scottish bagpipes.
- In 1966, he began singing professionally (there were only two bards at the time, Stivell and Glenmor).
- The following year, he signed his first contract with Philips-Fontana (Universal). His first recitals were already attracting imitators.
- The first album Reflets (1970) is the starting point. It is also a manifesto for cross-fertilisation in music, looking forward to the « World-Music » to come.
- His third opus, Renaissance de la harpe celtique, recorded in 1971, spawned thousands of harpists and lutenists throughout the world.
- His Pop-Plinn, the first Breton-rock fusion, then notably the concert (Feb. 1972) and the album Olympia live (over 2 million copies sold) led to a huge popular craze: people called it the « Stivell phenomenon” and it permanently altered the image of Brittany.
- By 1973, he had played in Italy, Ireland and London (Queen Elizabeth Hall in 68 with the Moody Blues). His international career now took off; he filled major venues in Europe (The Royal Albert Hall among them), US and Australia and appeared at big rock festivals as well as on TV.
- In 1974 he set up the record label Keltia III, since distributed by various houses, from Universal to Harmonia Mundi.
- In 1980, his Celtic Symphony / Tir na n-Og featured at the stadium in Lorient (Festival Interceltique) and at huge concerts (14 000 spectators in Milan).
- Alan was not at ease with the status of « star »: in the 1980s, he made albums but they were more focused. His international audience continued to grow nonetheless (Italy, Germany, USA, Canada, etc.), though he often withdrew to his house at Langonnet.
- After Legend or The Mist of Avalon and his meeting with Francis Dreyfus, he updated his essential hits. In 1993, the album Again began a new wave (triple gold disc). He notably invited his friend Dan Ar Braz (L’Héritage des Celtes was already under way). The resulting 1994 tour was a triumph. As in the 1970s, his wide audience and the new generations responded enthusiastically.
- The album Brian Boru, produced by Martin Meissonnier, saw Stivell’s music even more firmly anchored in the music of the time. This trend was confirmed with the album 1 Douar (One Earth), with Youssou N’Dour, Jim Kerr, Paddy Moloney, John Cale, Khaled.
- Before discs hit a crisis his albums were selling at a rate of 100 000 copies a year.
- The early 21st century was marked by the instrumental album, Au-delà des mots / Beyond Words, the book, Telenn, la harpe bretonne, co-written with Jean-Noël Verdier, then the DVD Parcours (Fox-Pathé), which rapidly went gold.
- In 2004 Harmonia Mundi began distributing the back-catalogue Keltia III by Alan Stivell.
- In 2006 appeared the avant-garde Explore, tending to electro-rock and hip-hop. It again scored four keys in Télérama and the track « Miz-Tu » entered the playlist on France Inter.
- In 2009, Emerald recalled his debut in folk-rock, but new millennium style.
- 2012 was the 40th anniversary of his historic concert at Olympia in Paris. Universal released the best of Ar Pep Gwellañ.
- Early summer 2013, that concert was made available on CD-DVD, 40th Anniversary Olympia 2012 (Universal). Then a new book co-written by Alan Stivell, Sur la route des plus belles légendes celtes, was published by Arthaud-Flammarion. An excellent film, Au-delà des frontières (Beyond The Borders), has been made on his life and work by France 3.
- His 24th album, AMzer (seasons) will be released by World Village in September 2015. A long tour will take place in late 2015 and 2016, including a concert in Paris at La Cigale on 7 November.
- That will mark his 50 years in the business, his music still innovative and rooted in the 21st century.
Translation Judith Dunn
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