I always was fascinated by what we call the impressionists, in painting and in music. Impressionism is really about capturing the mood and the atmosphere of a place, a moment in time, generate emotions and trigger the imagination of the listener.
When people think of impressionism, they think of Debussy, or Ravel. But actually we keep on hearing impressionist musicians continuously. To me, an impressionist is a musician who captures the flavor of a moment in time. When I listen to Miles Davis, I’m in NYC in the fifites, then I listen to Coltrane or Hendrix, and I’m in the 60’s Era. The Cure or Depeche mode bring me right back to my teenage in the 80’s. I listen to bluegrass, and I’m in the apalachian mountains, Rabih abou Khalil, and I’m somewhere in a North African desert...this is not because of the notes, but because of the flavor of the music.
The title, “terre des hommes”, could be translated as “land of men”, or “mankind’s earth”. But the translation misses the emotional and almost fatalistic impact of this French title.
This title I actually took from Antoine de St Exupery’s book, where he describes his travel over the world, as one of the pioneer plane pilot in the early 20th century.
This album is to me an impressionist piece. It transcribes the way I feel towards life, earth, mankind, philosophy, spirituality, science in this early 21st century, in a very emotional way. Often people tell me it sounds like a soundtrack, and this is exactly what I want to hear. This is a soundtrack for your imagination, and I hope this album will create some nice moments for you.
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