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LE TSAPIS VOLANT

by Stéphane Tsapis

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    Digipack with 8 pages leaflet

    1.Igor in the sky - prelude 03:03
    2.Le Tsapis volant 04:30
    3.Το μαγικό χαλί (Manos Hatzidakis-Akos Daskalopoulos)04:52
    4.Sultan-i yegâh(traditional) 05:46
    5.Victor Challita (lyrics :Lynn Adib) 04:20
    6.Le vent vient de loin... (lyrics : Maki Nakano) 02:08
    7.Abdallah Kamanja 06:27
    8.Neblina(lyrics : Valentina Añez Rothman) 04:40
    9.Le sapeur de Panama 04:42
    10.Sabahin seher vaktinde(Gülay Hacer Toruk) 02:51
    11.Yagmur yagar (traditional) 04:32
    12.Τα παιδιά της γειτονιά σου (traditional) 04:06
    13.Igor in the sky 05:45

    « I often dream that I am flying over cities, mountains, seas and oceans in a state of plenitude, with the full force of the wind freely flowing over my face, and a deep sense of well-being at floating freely. I am often described as absent-minded, lost in thought, mesmerised by interior journeys and their escapist landscapes which carry me, safe and sound, far from reality and its pedestrian, humdrum, nitty gritty nature. And yet there it was, right under my feet, the magic carpet that weaves my name in French, my Tsapis tapis; all I had to do to fly away was hop on it!
    I met Zeina Abirached a decade ago, when she designed
    a magnificent sleeve for the Mataroa project of the Kaïmaki band.
    As a Franco-Greek, I was instantly seduced by the graphic style and great emotional sensitivity reflected in the work of that Lebanese lady, fresh out of Beyrouth. I remember my enthusiam when her graphic novel, The Oriental Piano, came out in 2015, describing the cross-links between her personal path and that of her great-grand-father Abdallah Chahine's fabulous creation. That story truly inspired me.
    Zeina invited me to take part in a concert designed around the Oriental Piano. The show was first performed at Stains in 2016, and again in 2017 at La Ferme du Buisson during the Pulp festival. Luc-André Deplasse walked onstage with a piano practically identical to the Oriental Piano designed by Abdallah Chahine. The show is based on the graphic novel and blends music, story-telling, shadow play and drawing. We were privileged to perform it many times in France and abroad. I even had the great honour of playing on Abdallah Chahine's original piano in Lebanon during our March 2019 tour.
    From that came a project for a solo album based on the pieces composed for the show, which begat the wish to arrange the music for orchestra: The Oriental Piano morphed into "Tsapis Volant", The Magic Tsapis, a French pun on my Tsapis patronym and its homonym, a tapis volant, a flying carpet.
    "Le Piano Oriental" is a solo album(Vinyl, CD-Comics), whereas "Le Tsapis Volant" features the female voice.
    This new project makes me want to travel and seek out new horizons with my trio from the last album and various guest stars from different backgrounds. We shall therefore fly away on my magic 'Tsapis Volant' with a rythm section that includes
    Marc Buronfosse on bass, Arnaud Biscay on drums, the great percussionist Neset Kutas, and a whole gamut of female voices performing on a large scale of varying tones and languages: I have named the singers Gülay Hacer Toruk, Lynn Adib, Cybèle Castoriadis, Valentina and Juanita Añez and Maki Nakano, encountered in Paris or during the course of my musical travels. My compositions will be heard in different languages; the voices will sometimes blend and merge, or vanish in a puff.
    The 'Tsapis Volant' will be a musical meeting of our common purpose, rising above differences to swoop in on the
    heart of the matter. »
    Stéphane Tsapis

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3.Το μαγικό χαλί Στο μεταξωτό μου το μαντήλι βρήκα τα φιλιά που μου `χεις στείλει, τα μετρώ και κάνω το σταυρό μου να σε δω κι απόψε στ’ όνειρό μου. Στο μαγικό χαλί σου πετώ κι εγώ μαζί σου σε πολιτείες και χωριά, στην Πάφο, στ’ Αϊδίνι, στη Χίο, στη Μυτιλήνη, κι ως μες στην Αλεξάνδρεια. Στον ουρανό κρυφοί μπαξέδες και γύρω γύρω καφενέδες, και γύρω γύρω καφενέδες. Στο μαγικό χαλί σου πετώ κι εγώ μαζί σου και σβάρνα παίρνω το ντουνιά, το Νείλο, τον Ευφράτη, την Προύσα, τη Βαγδάτη, τη Δαμασκό, τη Μπαρμπαριά. Στο μεταξωτό σου το μαντήλι κρύψε τα φιλιά που σου `χω στείλει, μέτρα τα και κάνε το σταυρό μου να με δεις κι εσύ μες στ’ όνειρό σου. Dans mon mouchoir de soie, j’ai trouvé les baisers que tu m’as envoyés, Je les compte et je prie Pour te voir ce soir dans mes rêves Sur mon tapis magique Je vole avec toi Au-dessus des villes et des villages Vers Paphos, Aidini, Vers Chios et Mytilini Et jusqu’à Alexandrie Dans le ciel, Des jardins secrets, Et, tout autour, Des petits cafés (bis) Sur mon tapis magique Je vole avec toi Et j’emporte avec moi Le monde entier Le Nil, l’Euphrate, Bursa, Bagdad Damas, le Maghreb Sur ton mouchoir de soie Cache les baisers que je t’ai envoyé Compte-les et prie Pour me voir toi aussi dans tes rêves In my silk handkerchief, I found the kisses you sent me, I am counting them and I pray I shall see you in my dreams On my magic carpet I fly with you Over cities and villages Toward Paphos, Aidini, To Chios and Mytilini As far as Alexandria In the sky, Secret gardens, And all around Small cafés (bis) On my magic carpet I fly with you And with me I take The whole world The Nile, Euphrates, Bursa, Baghdad Damascus, the Maghreb In your silk handkerchief Hide the kisses I sent you Count them, and pray That I too might appear in your dreams
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Neblina 04:40
Para qué respirar sin oler fuego Para qué respirar sin oler humo Para qué respirar sin oler brisa para qué respirar sin sentir su aroma Para qué inhalar un olor falso Que no venga del aire ó la neblina Brisa efluvia invisible que expide calma Brasa vieja que nieva en una fogata Para qué respirar sin oler fuego Para qué respirar sin oler humo Para qué respirar sin oler brisa para qué respirar sin sentir su aroma Why breathe without smelling fire Why breathe without smelling smoke Why breathe without smelling breeze Why breathe without feeling its aroma Why inhale a fake smell That doesn’t come from the air or the haze Outpouring breeze that sends calm Old ember snowing in a campfire Why breathe without smelling fire Why breathe without smelling smoke Why breathe without smelling breeze why breathe without feeling its aroma
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Yagmur Yagar 04:32
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Digipack with 8 pages leaflet

1.Igor in the sky - prelude 03:03
2.Le Tsapis volant 04:30
3.Το μαγικό χαλί (Manos Hatzidakis-Akos Daskalopoulos)04:52
4.Sultan-i yegâh(traditional) 05:46
5.Victor Challita (lyrics :Lynn Adib) 04:20
6.Le vent vient de loin... (lyrics : Maki Nakano) 02:08
7.Abdallah Kamanja 06:27
8.Neblina(lyrics : Valentina Añez Rothman) 04:40
9.Le sapeur de Panama 04:42
10.Sabahin seher vaktinde(Gülay Hacer Toruk) 02:51
11.Yagmur yagar (traditional) 04:32
12.Τα παιδιά της γειτονιά σου (traditional) 04:06
13.Igor in the sky 05:45


« I often dream that I am flying over cities, mountains, seas and oceans in a state of plenitude, with the full force of the wind freely flowing over my face, and a deep sense of well-being at floating freely. I am often described as absent-minded, lost in thought, mesmerised by interior journeys and their escapist landscapes which carry me, safe and sound, far from reality and its pedestrian, humdrum, nitty gritty nature. And yet there it was, right under my feet, the magic carpet that weaves my name in French, my Tsapis tapis; all I had to do to fly away was hop on it!
I met Zeina Abirached a decade ago, when she designed
a magnificent sleeve for the Mataroa project of the Kaïmaki band.
As a Franco-Greek, I was instantly seduced by the graphic style and great emotional sensitivity reflected in the work of that Lebanese lady, fresh out of Beyrouth. I remember my enthusiam when her graphic novel, The Oriental Piano, came out in 2015, describing the cross-links between her personal path and that of her great-grand-father Abdallah Chahine's fabulous creation. That story truly inspired me.
Zeina invited me to take part in a concert designed around the Oriental Piano. The show was first performed at Stains in 2016, and again in 2017 at La Ferme du Buisson during the Pulp festival. Luc-André Deplasse walked onstage with a piano practically identical to the Oriental Piano designed by Abdallah Chahine. The show is based on the graphic novel and blends music, story-telling, shadow play and drawing. We were privileged to perform it many times in France and abroad. I even had the great honour of playing on Abdallah Chahine's original piano in Lebanon during our March 2019 tour.
From that came a project for a solo album based on the pieces composed for the show, which begat the wish to arrange the music for orchestra: The Oriental Piano morphed into "Tsapis Volant", The Magic Tsapis, a French pun on my Tsapis patronym and its homonym, a tapis volant, a flying carpet.
"Le Piano Oriental" is a solo album(Vinyl, CD-Comics), whereas "Le Tsapis Volant" features the female voice.
This new project makes me want to travel and seek out new horizons with my trio from the last album and various guest stars from different backgrounds. We shall therefore fly away on my magic 'Tsapis Volant' with a rythm section that includes
Marc Buronfosse on bass, Arnaud Biscay on drums, the great percussionist Neset Kutas, and a whole gamut of female voices performing on a large scale of varying tones and languages: I have named the singers Gülay Hacer Toruk, Lynn Adib, Cybèle Castoriadis, Valentina and Juanita Añez and Maki Nakano, encountered in Paris or during the course of my musical travels. My compositions will be heard in different languages; the voices will sometimes blend and merge, or vanish in a puff.
The 'Tsapis Volant' will be a musical meeting of our common purpose, rising above differences to swoop in on the
heart of the matter. »
Stéphane Tsapis

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released August 11, 2019

Compositions et arrangements by Stéphane Tsapis, unless otherwise noted

Recorded by Mathieu Nappez at the Alhambra Colbert studio in february 2019
Bilingual piano moved, tuned and transformed by Luc-André Deplasse
Mixed by Sylvain Thévenard in april 2019
Masterised by Benjamin Joubert at the Biduloscope in june 2019
Illustrated by ©Zeina Abirached
2019(P)Cristal Records

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Stéphane Tsapis Saint Ouen, France

Stéphane Tsapis is a composer, pianist and producer living in Paris.
2019 - Le Piano Oriental, Le Tsapis Volant, Cristal records/Sony Music Entertainment
2016 - Border Lines, Stéphane Tsapis trio, cristal records/PIAS
2014 - Charlie and Edna, Stéphane Tsapis trio, cloud/Boundee
2012 - Mataroa, Kaïmaki, autoproduction
2011- Musique pour 4 mains et une bouche, open music
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