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Sounds like Contemporary/Modern Classical (post-classical, neo-classical, whatever) with a touch of minimal piano figurines, docile, delicate and effervescent. Floats through the empty moments of silence, and fills up the room with its beauty and grace…is the work of a maestro with an cotton hands. For fans of Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Frédéric Chopin, Max Richter, Nils Frahm, Steve Reich, Henryk Gorecki, Ludovico Einaudi, Jon Hopkins, Erik Satie, The Boards of Canada.
Born in France, Julien Marchal studied Jazz and « Modern Music » at the Conservatory of Bordeaux. At the same time he graduated from the University of Musicology where he discovered minimalism while listening to composers like Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Henryk Gorecki, and many others.
Fascinated by minimalism and contemporary music, he nevertheless explores the vast world of electronic music. His piano pieces drew the attention and ears of several artists and music supervisors. This piece was used in the last episode of Ray Donovan's TVShow season 4.
Video: INSIGHT XVIII — Live Performance
«Insight II is located in the acoustic sweet spot of the now-far-too-ubiquitous contemporary classical (post-classical, neo-classical, whatever) spectrum; each note is given individual room to breathe, time to ring out and to resonate properly rather than used as a gaudy showcase of Marchal's technical proficiency as a composer and a piano player. But where these ten tracks really excel is in the depth of their humanity: like Nils Frahm's Felt or John Hopkins' and King Creosote's 'Immunity', where Marchal's record has the most impact is in the creaking between notes — in not eradicating its human touch as a failure of production, but rather placing it front and centre as a reminder of where it came from.
‘Following his first compositions, Julien Marchal confesses a sensitive and uncluttered debut album. « Insight » is the work of a maestro with cotton hands.’ — Indie Music
‘Experimenting with electronic textures, drones or tone and this constant search for “space” within the music finds an obvious echo in Julien Marchal’s playing and in his approach to recording an acoustic modern classical album.’ ~Stationary Travels
‘But, of course, it is the music itself – docile, delicate and effervescent, that floats through the empty moments of silence, and fills up the room with its beauty and grace.’
« INSIGHT » transcribed almost too faithfully the torments of a purely human creation but which, over the centuries, seems happily escape.’ ~Gwendal Perrin
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