yann tiersen & crispin cider.

February 27, 2011 § 2 Comments

the cedar cultural center
is one of my favorite venues in minneapolis,
they bring in a lot of beautiful music and films.
i may be forgetting some, but at the cedar i’ve seen:
grizzly bear, here we go magic, béla fleck, horse feathers, and, now,
yann tiersen.
some shows will be arranged so that the audience is seated, which i love.
sitting down and peacefully taking in the banjo mastery of béla fleck,
that’s something to be grateful for.
equally so, i was humbled by the performance offered by tiersen and his band.
most probably know tiersen from his work on the soundtrack for amélie,
or with shannon wright.
but damn if the man doesn’t make his own waves,
ripping through an electric violin and still making you want to cry because it’s so fucking gorgeous. jason i spent some time discussing what kind of music it was we were absorbing, but i don’t know that you can reduce it in any such way. think worldly, proggy (progressive), new ageish, loads of vocal harmonizing, and layers upon layers of depth in sound. we also pay close attention to the way the room sounds and wow, tiersen’s FOH (front of house live sound engineer) did an amazing job. ear orgasms.

after the show we sat down with yann and some of the band with our scottish friend & musical renaissance man gareth (he played bass on the vaselines tour and now techs for tiersen). the acadia was empty but i suggested it because it offers so many local brewskies. come to find out, yann and his french (and some british) bandmates enjoy minneapolis’ own crispin cider.
scottish accents are a bitch to understand, but so are the thick french kind. luckily i spent most of the evening chatting up a brit, robin (guitar), about cults and the weirdness that is santo daime (oh, you know, that religion where you do lots of DMT in large groups for hours at a time….) anyway.

a lovely night spent with exquisite music and musicians.
i may be surrounded by the stuff because i’m in a relationship with my own music-man, but i still know when a moment is special.


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