27 dicembre 2013

Steve Nieve torna all'idea di Welcome to the Voice - album quasi operistico del 2007, composto con Muriel Teodori, sua partner anche nella vita - e la riprende con piglio chansonnier sull'onda dell'entusiasmo della nuova residenza parigina. Presenti per l'occasione molti amici e celebrità: Elvis Costello, Laurie Anderson, Glenn Tillbrook, Ron Sexsmith, Sting e il figlio Joe, Tall Ulyss, Vanessa Paradis, Alain Chamfort e il figlio di Paul Simon, Harper. C'è anche Robert Wyatt, che duetta in francese con Todori in La plus jolie langue. L'album è ToGetHer, per l'etichetta 429records.

The British born musician now residing in Paris has composed a thrilling collection of songs in a pop rock vein incorporating a heady mix of experimental, theatrical, classical and French styles. Produced and written with Teodori (with whom he composed the 2007 classical opera “Welcome to the Voice”) and French musician Tall Ulyss (front man of the popular rock group Tall Ulysses), and with the help of musicians Vincent Segal (cello), Francois Poggio (electric guitar) and Benoit de Segonzac (bass), Nieve has crafted an evocative song cycle that’s both a contemporary musical statement and an ode to his adopted home of France. A departure from his former solo releases which showcased the classical and minimalist side of his craft, ToGetHer is a fully fledged pop rock manifesto masterfully utilizing the talents of artists he has known and respected through the years and who help him realize his unique musical vision outside of his comfort zone. Says Nieve: “I truly love what we have created with ToGetHer, and the thing I enjoyed the most was hearing the songs finally come to life, each time – all these strong, clear, beautiful voices coming together to help me share and give rise to my vision,” he adds. “I am so blessed to have so many great musical friends who could be part of this journey to create what is, in essence, a true chorale album.”