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Trained as a classical musician, Brittany-born Yann Tiersen turned to rock as a teenager, eventually releasing a string of albums on which he plays all the instruments and chooses all the samples. Believing in what he calls a “musical anarchy,” he combines unusual instrumentation with sound effects to create atmospheric sonic landscapes with harmonies that reach toward the heavens. Although he does sometimes lapse into Ray Conniff / Alan Parsons Project territory, Tiersen also delivers experimental gems on his latest album, Skyline (Anti-, April 17, 2012), including the swirling “Another Shore,” the noise-fest “Exit 25 Block 20,” the downright rollicking “Forgive Me,” and the slowly building “Vanishing Point.” Tiersen is currently out on tour with his band — Robin Allender, Ólavur Jákupsson, Neil Turpin, Stéphane Bouvier, and Lionel Laquerriere — and will be playing two NYC gigs, at Irving Plaza on April 27 and at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 28, with Felix opening both shows.

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