At last a modern minimalistic opera for us the Greeks to enjoy.
Yesterday I went to see him in Lycabetus, Athens where he with others were supposed to be playing. He was marketed, as "Yann Tiersen, the Amelie Soundtrack composer".
Now, don't get me wrong, but I'm sure he knows about it. I honor and understand every composer's or songwriter's right to extremely avoid playing the music he's well known for, in the same way as in the CD. In other words, "just buy the CD" is enough for me.
BUT, he went too far (at least for my ears), because:
a. the music he played, apart from 15 minutes in TOTAL TIME, didn't contain any melody or melodic lines. Of course it wasn't heavy metal, but the sound reminded me of a combination of a bad Madrugada song with the worst song by Raining Pleasure or whatever. The fact that he likes to play the violin doesn't mean I have to watch him play one fucking note for a whole minute, having a background with a lot of "bass noise".
b. he didn't play at all the music that made him rich and known. Now don't get me wrong again, but hey that's FUCKING IDIOTIC. He just touched some melodic lines of Amelie for about 1,5 minute, but still I play the score in my piano, and even I was getting lost. If he wanted, he could have completely changed the instrumentation or keep it the same, and change a bit the melodic lines. He did nothing of those.
All in all, was a bad combination of mostly average music. That came a bit of shock to me, because of his minimalistic nature. I really hope we get to see Steve Reich in Athens (and not again Glass [he came in 2004, now comes in 2006 again!]) before he's too old to travel.
I'll do that because I saw the same smiling robot in the upcoming "future talk" in CNN International.
Yann Tiersen, a composer which I really enjoy playing his piano solo pieces (they are a lot) in my piano is visiting Greece this summer. In Athens I have to pay 35€ to see him and his band in action. Eventhough I strongly admire him, I'll skip because that price is too high in my opinion. With the same money I can listen to his music, or go buy 1,5 scroes album of modern piano, or about 4 of classical composing.
I saw Philip Glass with less money in 2004! So…
If it was 25 (max at 30) I would go though. Thanks for coming, next time make sure your prices are better.