Samuel Félix – Currents
Anglo/French jazz musician Samuel Félix releases his solo debut. The youngest child of a family of artists, his musical upbringing was shaped on the one side by his father (a classical conductor), who taught him about Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Debussy, and his elder brothers who showed him Bill Evans, Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock. Having toured the world as a session musician for several grammy winning musicians, this album marks his departure as a solo artist. All written and recorded over the ‘lockdown’ period on the same family piano that he has played his entire life, these recordings aim to capture the intimate relationship between a musician and their instrument. The Album ‘Départ’, set for final release in late autumn, sees Samuel collaborate with illustrator Patrick Atkins in a series of 9 animated vignettes. Samuel has also made the scores available so that people can play the music at their own piano during this isolated time. Bristol based artist Patrick Atkins combines digital and traditional printmaking techniques, with a heavy use of texture to evoke feelings of nostalgia and warmth. His collaboration with Samuel Félix sees him work to music as the sole inspiration for each narrative artwork.
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