New EP ‘Of Dogs & Wolves’ !

Four new songs, written on the same theme as the last album “Between Dogs and Wolves”!

When making an album, I tend to write a lot of songs that I gradually whittle down until i have the right combination of colour and mood to tell a story over the length of a whole record. But inevitably some good songs are discarded , not because I don’t rate them but simply because they don’t fit inTo the final whole. I started writing songs for what would later become Between Dogs and Wolves while I was still recording the album My Wilderness. I’d dreamed of making an album of intimate songs from beginning to end for some time and so had begun putting songs aside for that project even while making the previous album. The two songs, Grace and Favour and To Lose Yourself, as well as the instrumental piece The Fold, date back to the first attempts at recording songs for 2013’s Between Dogs and Wolves. Although they didn’t make the final cut, these songs were instrumental in helping me develop the aesthetic that I later found for the album. For these recordings I was accompanied by my old friend Rodrigo D’Erasmo on violin.

When I first begun playing songs live from the new album, I realised that because of the heightened intimacy of these songs, I needed something that would work as a kind of way in to the music at the beginning of the concert, like a piece that would help tune the audience’s energy and attention into the right frequency. That’s how Wait by the Water was born, I normally play it by myself but for the recording that you’ll hear on the EP, I had the luck of having another great violinist friend of mine join me, the Tunisian virtuoso Jasser Haj Youssef.

This is the story behind ‘Of Dogs and Wolves’ I very much hope you will enjoy these songs.

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Carte blanche, Itinerances film festival

This year i’ve been invited by Alès film festival ‘Itinérances’ (France, 30) to present and exhibit different aspects of my work both as a painter and as as musician. I’m very grateful to Itinerances and the Musee PAB for giving me this exceptional opportunity to present such a detailed and comprehensive picture of my work as an artist and musician.

My collaboration with Itinerances for this year’s festival started with a commission to design a poster for the 2014 edition. I made the poster with Uncle O with whom I’ve collaborated on all things design since 2008.

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There will also be an exhibition of my paintings ‘Voix Picturale’ at the PAB contemporary art museum in Ales. The show will also feature the portraits I made for the book ‘Songs I Love’ as well as various other pieces that I’ve made over the years to illustrate my albums.

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During the film festival there will be projections of the three films by Philppe Borrel for which I’ve written music for, the highlight being the premiere of the most recent film, ‘L’urgence de ralentir’. The festival will also be showing the film I made with Jeremiah, filmed in the Cevennes in 2011, ‘A new morning’ as well as the three stop motion animation videos from the album ‘Between dogs and Wolves’.

At the end of the festival on the 3rd of April, I’ll be performing the show we’ve been touring all over the world since September accompanied by drummer Simone Prattico, with a special guest for the occasion violinist Jasser Haj Youssef.
The concert will take place at the théâtre du Cratère.

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Beating Drum arrives on the web

As some of you may know, I’ve been running my own record label Beating Drum for more than a year now. Today I’m very happy to announce that we have now a new website as well as a Facebook and Twitter page.

We’ll be bringing you some exciting news very soon.. so please follow us and add Beating drum to your bookmarks!

☞ Website: http://www.beatingdrumrecords.com/
☞ New Shop: http://shop.beatingdrumrecords.com/
☞ Official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/beatingdrumrecords
☞ Official Twitter: http://twitter.com/beatingdrumrec
☞ Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/beatingdrum

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Tour italiano

Sono felicissimo di annunciarvi il mio tour italiano. Dalla settimana prossima per 10 giorni saremo in giro in tutta Italia dal Nord al Sud. Vi aspetto numerosi! Qui di seguito le date e le citta’

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More tour dates here