Regional traditions, songs, field recordings, dark drones, and psychedelia – the French scene is in bloom. Join me for a run-through of the most interesting musical gems from France.
– The more time passed, the more women I would meet and play with. And these days it’s not uncommon for me to play in bands where women outnumber men. The more women doing it, the more younger girls starting out, having someone to look up to and feeling less of a boys’ club – says composer and guitarist, Mary Halvorson.
The coronavirus pandemic, music in streaming, locality, Bandcamp Fridays, and 30 albums that made 2020 a little less frustrating. Translation: Aleksandra Szkudłapska 2020 will be remembered
– Piano doesn’t have to be a beautiful instrument with a Steinway concert hall sound, but it can be a piano that sounds like it came out of an old movie. This happens when it imitates another instrument – not a keyboard instrument, but a percussion or guitar instrument. This is how piano music can be rediscovered – says Grzegorz Tarwid, pianist and composer.
– I know what the sound is going to be in the end. Before I start to record something, I’m making cymbals on purpose for that. If I have the sound in my mind, I’m trying to reproduce it on a cymbal or gong. I always have new ideas which come to me when I want to make a new record – I always develop new elements – says João Pais Filipe, a drummer and sculptor.
– Victor Pivovarov works about Moscow describe the reality, routine and ordinary life, but at the same there’s something very strange about his paintings. There’s a pencil, and there’s a house and a tree on it. It’s the same with Sailor Moon – those girls are living their ordinary lives, going to school, doing all the homework, but at the same time they defend the world against violence from other planets. This is the point where Pivovarov, Sailor Moon and fairy tales from the 70s and 80s meet in the same approach. They come together in my music – says singer and composer, Kate NV.
– When I was in school I studied contemporary art and I was always interested in the ideas of land artists such as Robert Smithson or Nancy Holt from 1960s, who were really concerned with the ideas of site, non-site and what does it mean to take an object or element from a site and relocate it elsewhere. I became interested in those sorts of ideas applied to music and acoustics – says artist and composer, Lea Bertucci