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Tethys II

Tristan François de Liège
Review

UTR – 156

Tristan François de Liège – Tethys II

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Tristan de Liège is a composer and producer based in Los Angeles. He produces trip-hop/downtempo/nu-jazz and has released five albums for his main project (under his real name), one of which was released on Loci Records curated by Emancipator. He also composes as part of electronic duo Thoma (also releasing on Loci) and works on various other side projects and collaborations.

Tethys is a more recent project in which he creates tracks based on a multitude of improvised violin recordings. The tracks are inspired by film soundtracks, folk, contemporary classical, ambient, and post-rock. The second Tethys album features Yvette Holzwarth on violin.

Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth is a violinist, vocalist, and composer based in Los Angeles. Her range of styles includes Hungarian and Balkan folk, Arabic, Americana, experimental contemporary music, improvisation, and songwriting, and she has performed with a wide variety of jazz, electronic, folk, and classical artists.

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A note from the Artist:

“In the summer of 2016 I traveled to Iceland and the Faroe Islands. One of the most striking things about these two countries is that their landscapes are (almost) entirely devoid of trees. In general it felt surreal to walk around and explore them. I wanted this album to reflect that dreamlike feeling I had when I was there. The second thing that struck me about these places, especially the Faroe Islands, is how harsh and hostile of a place it is. Many of the Faroe Islands can only be reached by a small boat and because there are no trees there is little shelter from wind and rain. The winters only have a few hours of very dim light because of how far north the islands are located. Residents I spoke to told me about how lonely and emotionally devastating the winters can be simply due to the cold and lack of light day after day. I tried to capture this feeling in some of tracks by creating large soundscapes with lots of space to give Yvette’s violin work more emotional impact. These soundscapes also help capture the sense of awe I felt seeing the epic mountains and valleys in Iceland and the Faroe Islands.
I want to thank Mark Kuykendall, all wonderful musicians I’ve had the opportunity to record with, Martin Pierlot, Benjamin Hill, Samuel Regan, Sarah Reid, and most of all Yvette Holzwarth who’s performances are always incredibly beautiful and inspiring.” -Tristan François de Liège

credits

released April 28, 2017

Tristan de Liège – Piano, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Trumpet, Vibraphone Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth – Violin
Cecilia Chan Valerio – Harp
David Mason – Cello
All tracks written, produced, and recorded by Tristan de Liège.
Cover art by Martin Pierlot.
Mastered by Mark Kuykendall.