Bashung made rock music which worked in the French language, succeeding where many predecessors and contemporaries were content to offer pale imitations of Anglo-Saxon artists. He often did so while employing the best musicians from the UK and the US – for instance, he worked with the Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera and Wire's Colin Newman on Novice (1989), Adrian Utley of Portishead on Fantaisie Militaire (1998), and the Tom Waits collaborator Marc Ribot on Chatterton (1994), L'Imprudence (2002), and Bleu Pétrole (2008), the last of his 13 studio albums. In doing so, Bashung followed in the footsteps of Serge Gainsbourg, who often came to London and who used seasoned British artists to record Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971). Gainsbourg and Bashung teamed up for the latter's critically-acclaimed "cold wave" album, Play Blessures, in 1982.
The Pédron name could soon be equally famous in Germany, not only due to the fact that with his newest album he will join the ACT-family, but also because it is his most personal and extensive project so far. “I had been playing standards, but now I wanted to play my own music,” says Pédron, who after his debut album “Cherokee” (2000) was widely celebrated as an excellent Charlie Parker interpreter. Something that has fascinated him since his youth are the ‘fanfare’ brass bands that are extremely popular in his home country. In Northern France, in the Netherlands and in Belgium they can be found almost everywhere, as both amateur bands and professional groups.
Vincenzo Bellini’s third opera, Il pirata, marked an important step in his career. Not only was it the 27 year old’s first score for the brand leader of Italian opera houses, La Scala, Milan, it also represented his first collaboration with Felice Romani, the leading librettist of the day, who was to become his regular artistic partner. Based (via a French translation) on an English play by the Anglo-Irish Gothic writer Charles Maturin, Il pirata describes how Gualtiero (José Bros) is shipwrecked during a storm on the Sicilian coast, where his former love, Imogene, (Carmen Giannattasio) has been forced into an unwilling marriage by Ernesto, the local duke (Ludovic Tézier). Tensions build between the three until Gualtiero kills Ernesto in a duel, causing Imogene to go mad with guilt. David Parry conducts this exceptional example of early romantic opera at its most dramatically potent.
Ludovic Iochem returns to help fxphd build a full digital matte painting curriculum. Today, matte painters need to know a lot of various techniques. They're often involved in shots that require some 3D or 2,5D technique, and it's definitely a plus if they can manage to do all of this by themselves. But the base of the work is still the painting one which happens in Photoshop.
Born in 1978, jazz musician at heart since his childhood, Ludovic Beier is passionate about his "west-coast". He discovers his idols (Chick Corea, George Duke, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, George Benson …) that influence in the years of his musical training. He began composing at an early age and slides his albums some of his themes, ballads to bebop. The meeting Angelo Debarre mark the beginning of his career as a jazz musician, a moment he had been waiting. In a short time, his partner in the name of Angelo takes on an international dimension with, pinnacle, a series of triumphant concerts at the famous New York club BIRDLAND Temple of global jazz. During the American tour Ludovic played and "jammed" with, among others, Dorado Schmitt, James Carter, Paquito D'Rivera and Frank Wess…