The year started with Vivo, beautiful and slow walk on the life that flies “Time for a cigarette”. Its author, Andrea Laszlo de Simone, uploaded it on 1is January, in the hope that she will help “To be fine, despite everything”. Eleven months have passed, and the mission seems accomplished, to see the spectators who went out on Wednesday 1is December of the National Theater of Brittany: a thousand radiant faces, including the smug one of singer Philippe Katerine.
Accompanied by an orchestra of twelve musicians, the Italian opened the Trans Musicales de Rennes there, before playing again the next day at the same place, sold out. Initially scheduled for December 2020, these two concerts have been postponed for a year, Covid-19 requires. They are the very first that Andrea gives on French soil, as headliner; they are also the last, he assures, before long. How many cigarettes did he toast during the hour and a half he spent on stage? About twenty, according to the morality police; infinitely more, according to the organizers. “In concert, I invest myself body and soul, for the sake of my musicians and my audience. This emotional swing fills me with joy; it exhausts me, too. “ From now on, the 35-year-old from Turin intends to dedicate all his time to his partner, Irene Carbone, an illustrator, their children Martino, 9, and Lucia, 2, and his new songs. He unveiled one to the Breton public, Madly : “I would like to leave society / Because I love you madly”, he sets off on flamenco cavalcades.
These days Andrea is putting the finishing touches on another whirlwind, Our Days. The song traces, he said, “How much technology frees us and binds us, since the beginning of the XXe century “. The music video, which he directed himself, confronts archives of an opposite nature, serious or light. Even though he’s worried about being late, he fixed the upload at 1is January 2022, just to come full circle: this is how Laszlo de Simone proceeds, by interlacing as much as by contrasts. Doesn’t he call his music « grotesque », in reference to the whimsical ornaments of Antiquity, rediscovered during the Renaissance?
Synthesizer and Trumpet
In Rennes, he first resumed in order and in full Immense, the mini-album which made him known in France as soon as it was released in March 2020. The rest of the concert blithely took off in Man Woman (2017), his first and only album to date, under his name. Songs that this multi-instrumentalist has recorded for the most part in autarky, at home or in the studio he has set up in Turin.
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