Yann Tiersen

Thursday, April 22, at the Granada Theater

One of the reasons that the movie Amelie was so engaging (besides the beguiling performance of Audrey Tatou) was the soundtrack composed by Yann Tiersen. His offering was a compelling mixture of French folk music, classical piano, and pop—and it subsequently found footing with a number of mid-Noughties indie acts such as Beirut and Sufjan Stevens.

Even better, it boosted accordion sales everywhere.

A classically trained musician, Tiersen's a multi-instrumentalist who rarely tours and, when he does, he's as likely to be seen in a setting such as the Meyerson as he is at the Granada Theater, where this show will be housed. When not playing with orchestral backing, though, he's typically accompanied by a rhythm section, a backing vocalist and a guitarist. Tiersen, meanwhile, is a virtuoso who will switch between keyboards, violin, guitar and found-object instruments, weaving organic and somewhat abstract compositions. Early reports on this tour find him focusing more on electric guitar in recent performances. But no matter: This will be a concert where the music is unhurried, avant-garde and perhaps a bit transformative for the audience.

 
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