Yann Tiersen / NO
French composer and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen's sweeping, evocative music is often cinematic in scale. Richly endowed with enchanting melodies, it's easy to hear an array of influences: classical, French chanson, folk, avant-garde, electronica, and various rock permutations (punk, Euro, Nordic). Perhaps best known for his memorable soundtrack for the 2001 film Amélie, Tiersen's latest is the enigmatic ∞ (Infinity), whose stark beauty reflects the landscape of Iceland, where it was mostly recorded. The initially brooding "A Midsummer Evening" blossoms into a joyous reverie with the jewel-like sound of toy instruments, an anthemic piano passage, and a rock lope. Opening will be L.A.'s NO, whose moody sound is belied by shimmery synths, while Bradley Carter's dark baritone intones angst-filled lyrics, earning comparisons to the National and Joy Division. (Photo by Katherine Rose)
Sun., June 8, 7 p.m., 2014
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