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Stéphane Tsapis and Jonathan Orland have one thing in common: they like to cross borders sound to free themselves from stylistic constraints and assert their own space of freedom.

In this project, they are inspired by Yiddish music, Balkan music, jazz avant-garde of the 60s or even pop music. They thus create a dreamlike universe with varied landscapes, which evokes the paintings of Chagall where joy and melancholy coexist without complex.

The format of the duo allows a musical conversation that is sometimes intimate, sometimes unbridled, during which the listener is invited to give free rein to his imagination to let himself travel, soar and dream. For more freedom, spontaneity, and working comfort, they decided to record this album in the home studio of Stéphane Tsapis in Saint-Ouen in a totally live way in the same room.

 


Imagine an island. Greece, that would be too simple, and then it's not really one to speak. No. An island. Not Paros, because Stéphane Tsapis has already been there with Marc Buronfosse, and that the island that must be thought of, that must be created from scratch through music and feelings, by the colors and the ramblings, it only exists for the duo of Stéphane Tsapis and Jonathan Orland. Nor is it Manhattan, even though Jonathan's saxophone Orland has dragged his silky languor there, the one you hear in "Beltz", a composition of Alexander Olshanetsky who probably preferred Little Odessa, on the edge of the peninsula.

 


Peninsula or almost island, the territory that is being invented here belongs only to them, even if everyone can come there without a passport and leave with their nose in the wind.

We find there the "Mount Athos“, transposed mountain dear to Tsapis, steep slope which is filled with monks (Full of Monks in English) and which give some clues: the island of Tsapis and Orland has its place in a warm corner of the editerranean, where you can play with maritime indolence "A Hora Mit Tzibeles", traditional Yiddish played here with an almost precious slowness, which caresses like sand and waves.


The Mediterranean is vast. Especially since the island seems moving. Does it go from Greece to Lebanon, familiar path of Stéphane Tsapis? A little, but that's without counting on the wind, on the Sharaf* (*hot wind from the Middle East also called Khamsin) nonchalant from Orland who diverts the convoy to the Levant.

 

 

It goes from the south, where the birds of Suez bring news from Sinai and where the spices of the Dardanelles come to perfume the music with all the spices of the Black Sea, like this Bulgarian "Papirosen" where the piano of Tsapis is touched until his body and his heart. Or like this “Chiribim Chiribom”, traditional Yiddish where Jonathan Orland plays with moods, from an impulsive euphoria to sadness quickly chased away by the light.

The island moves like this. Is it a boat? The Mataroa dear to the pianist? No, here again, the island called Youkali, whose maps are drawn by Clémence Monnet and whose anthem is written by Kurt Weill, is very terrestrial.

Jonathan Orland can install his penates there, his “Homes” which were dear to him. But it is an island with magical power, which grabs you right away, and where you can see yourself staying for a while, in the midst of phantasmagorical plants and birds.

Stéphane Tsapis works best on Experimental jazz, Instrumental, Modern jazz, Oriental music, Traditional music Authentic, Chill, Creative, Offset, Unique, Indie, Melancholic, Melodic, Original, Relax, & Surprising.

Available on Spotify, Composer, On stage experience, International potential, Strong social media presence, Supported artist, & Upcoming project.

 

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephanetsapis/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5zonm3ev2lQcA9H1aZGFj3

 

OnTheSceneNY Feedback: Good collaborations between the two artists. The album is classic Jazz music with all instruments you can think of. Will share it on our site.

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