Canadian band Piezo was formed in 2009 by Gabriel Larivière (drums), Patrick Fillion (guitars) and Jean-Francois Fournier (bass) following the disbandment of their previous band Lamentations. Later the same year François Warnet (keyboards) decided to join this new fledgling band, and when Julien Watine (vocals, guitars) joined the following year the line-up was completed. Since then they have composed and recorded material for their debut album "Scene I: Harlequin", which was released in May 2012. Sixty minutes of progressive rock await you with the first album from this emerging band. From classic prog and blues, to modern rock and metal - a very diversified, yet homogeneous sound.
A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the enigmatic stranger who mysteriously comes to "visit" him. Possessing uncanny magical prowess and miraculous psychic abilities, the peculiar, but seemingly benevolent, visitor quickly gains a spell-binding hold over the senator and his family. But a power-lusting political backer is also vying for control over the up-and-coming senator. And he would kill the influential stranger, without question, for that power. But he and the senator are about to be enlightened.
Sizzling from start to finish, “Harlequin” is the result of one of the most intuitive partnerships in the world of jazz. Although Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin had been working together for a decade, “Harlequin” is regarded by the two musicians as their first genuine recorded collaboration, whereby from original concept, through selection of tracks and personnel to arrangements and mixing, it was truly a joint effort. Included in the top ten best jazz recordings ever by a noted poll, “Harlequin” is a blend of smoldering Brazilian rhythms and moods with a freshness and verve that brings on a tingle of excitement each time it is played. The scintillating jazz fusion of “Harlequin” includes added spice in the form of a major contribution by Brazilian singer-songwriter Ivan Lins who appears on three tracks.(grusin.net)