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The French Impressionists \ Fête [LTMCD 2471]

In 2007 Malcolm Fisher gathered together a new group of French Impressionists, including singers Cressida Jenkins, Sara Cicenia and Alberto Antoniazzi, as well as multi-media artist Sally Titterington. The resulting album offers a beguiling mix of jazz, lieder, tone poems and modern piano composition. Several of the lyrics are texts by poets Amelia Rosselli and William Blake.

Tracklist:

Fête
Metal Bird
A Pretty Rose Tree
Angel Blues, Madelaine
Indiscretion
The Chimney Sweeper
Just Take a Moment
Dress
Emporer Suite
Nobody Tells You
Silk Gleaming As
Red Silver Gold
Exit the Emporer
View
Se Nella Luce
l'Infelice Luna
Se Per Un Canto
Lotus
Sail You On
Lips
Haiku
My Guardian Angel

Available on CD and download. Booklet features images by Malcolm Fisher, and cover art by Moderne.

Fête [LTMCD 2471]

Reviews:

"Glasgow pianist Malcolm Fisher first recorded under this moniker in 1981, when the whiff of nouveau cabaret was getting especially fragrant. Originally associated with Postcard Records, and now resident in Milan, Fisher and his four new vocalists add different hues to 22 understated, Satie-esque miniatures. The effect is akin to This Mortal Coil, imbued as it is with ethereal smatterings of delicately elegant clssicism" (Plan B, 12/2007)

"This new venture features some of Fisher's most arresting material to date. A cross-genre blend of solo piano, vocal jazz and modern composition, much of the lyrical content is taken from classical poetry - a move which makes perfect sense in the context of the ineffable beauty of the music" (Boomkat, 10/2007)

"Fisher's solo compositions are always a delight, with lovely rolling melodies, their wordless elegance conveying heady romance and intrigue. There's an argument to say that there has been no real musical development since TFI first started out, but that's the beauty of the music - much of it could have been made 50 rather than 25 years ago. Fete doesn't rely on gimmicks to display its charms, rather it's a triumph for old-fashioned musical values such as melody and minimalism" (Leonard's Lair, 02/2008)