Written by Grayson Jones
I have never been to Paris, but I have a good idea of the culture there. At least for tourists, we know that love is in the air once we touchdown. Andrei Poliakoc is a Switzerland based pianist with a melodic language in his arsenal. This piece begins in swing rhythm -it feels like. The closest comparison I can make is something to Dean Martin in the mid 50’s. La Promenade in France takes off from Place de La Bastille and trails over an old railway.
This isn’t a tourist spot in france, but is definitely something you can appreciate once you visit. The beauty behind the piano ballad comes from imagery derived from the nightlife of Paris. La Promenade in Paris in the Moonlight, seems like such an elaborate title, similar to the melodies Andrei makes initially. The shiesty moment of the night is transcribed through a deeper, more deliberate form. As the melody comes back to a calmer/original melody, the piece becomes increasingly intricate. I think it was a great comparison of the history behind this landmark.
For what it's worth, this piece is humbling. The emotion felt over what feels like a serious history lesson, was a story that can be played over and over again. Thank you Andrei, I finally know what Paris sounds like at night. La Promenade in Paris in the Moonlight is out now.
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