French music-prodigy Yann Tiersen performed Sunday April 29th at the Royale Theater. It was an eccentric, colorful and emotional show, performed by musicians of outstanding caliber. Yann Tiersen is known for his brilliant musical scores for movies like Goodbye Lenin & Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain.
The set consisted of a rock-band style group made up of Yann Tiersen and his 5 other bandmates. Each performer traded a repertoire of musical instruments including a saxophone, synths, drum set, bass, electric guitar, ukelele, mandolin, melodica and violin. The played a fusion of different styles, mostly material from the two albums Dust Lane and Skyline. These two albums have a tone of nostalgia and glorious themes, but are definitely something you don’t normally hear on the radio.
Yann Tiersen’s classical training was always evident, but his live set can be described as an almost theatrical indie-rock, with a lot of harmonies, synths and strange effects. Some of the best performances included: “Another Shore”, “Monuments”, “Dust Lane”, “Palestine” and his incredible violin solo from “Sur le Fil”. The violin solo was quite a sight. Yann Tiersen blew the crowd away by playing guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, melodica and singing, all to perfection and style.
In spite of Yann Tiersen’s incredible ability, his company of musicians was not shadowed due to their incredible musicianship. Even though the audience did not respond to the show that well, Yann Tiersen still delivered an incredible performance as well as an incredible visual show, with specific visual messages for each song.