After awesome moments with the nature around on the St. Lawrence River, the new year brought the overwhelming coronavirus pandemic. By chance, piano playing never stopped through the use of the most recent technological tools. It was even possible to play in rooms occupied by people at the end of their life.
The video The Wave (La Vague, La Ola, Die Weile) has now been viewed over 200 000 times. Scheduled shows for this summer are on hold.
Two new videos are in the making and will be added to the already existing : « La Vague » (90 000 views in Youtube) and « Le Chat ». Life events remain an inspiration source more than ever. Thus, there are more than enough compositions worthy of an album. The challenge is to end up with impeccable recordings.
A number of intimate concerts are planned for the fall in the Ottawa region.
This summer, there will be performances in Kamouraska (café Côté Est, located on the bank of the majestic St.Lawrence seaway) on July 5th and 6th. Also, after a successful series of concerts at the prestigious Auberge de Notre-Dame-du-Portage in 2017, the experience will be repeated this year, from July 8th to 22nd (except July 16th). For more details, please contact these facilities.
The musical journey continues to be taken to a palliative care center. This also includes private concerts on demand. Also, radios stations like the prominent Radio-Classique, pursue broadcasting of compositions such as « Mauve », « Le Chat », « Comme un Bourgeon » and last but not least « La Vague », added recently. Apps like iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, etc. are still attracting visitors. The website preserves its vocation as the place of choice with its rich content.
Canadian (Stingray Music), Quebec (Radio-Classique) and European radio stations continue to honour the various pieces from all albums. Also, radio in the USA, via AT&T has also begun to diffuse these original compositions. While the website remains the corner stone, the musical platforms like iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and the likes allow a larger access to audiences.
After some concerts in the Ottawa region and in Trois-Rivières, July will be mainly dedicated to «saline» piano, in Notre-Dame-du-Portage, facing the awesome St. Lawrence river. This will be a new experience as resident pianist. Videos remain popular (« La Vague » has had 65 000 views in less than a year and a half).
Another CD eventually? Perhaps another formula, more modern. It’s hard to say at this point. It’s easy to say however that inspiration remains very alive. «Vive la vie».
An impressive flow of people (totalling almost 200 attendants) took part in the release, Saturday and Sunday, November 7th and 8th. Moments of stress and intense grace intertwined, particularly during the viewing of the two magnificent videoclips « La Vague » and « Le Chat » produced by Marie-Laure Turmel. The rest is up to « Vagues » and to those with whom it resonates.
Following the release and an interview with TVA on location, the restaurant « Bostaurus », located at 61, Principale, Aylmer, in a beautiful ancestral mansion, will host live piano performances every two weeks from 7 pm to 10 pm, beginning November 20 (also December 4th and December 18th). Perfect place to enjoy good music, food and company.