new album: «SOL»
Pascal Schumacher vibraphone, marimba, chimes, synthesizers Collectif Scale installation lumière
SOL captures Schumacher’s newfound passion for solitude in all its magnetism. Yet, it remains true to a relationship’s main characteristic; intimacy. The album’s track Melancolia, conveys a unique isolation which is as sad as is beautiful. Twinkle expresses the extremely personal feeling of enlightenment. Even Tearjerker, a cover of Sakamoto’s famous song, is so intimately understood by Schumacher that it seems he could have himself written it. “When you are playing solo, you are really confronted with yourself. Your strong moments but also your weak moments, which are not necessarily your worst moments. There is something very beautiful about your fragility - that's often the starting point for magical outcomes,” he says “it's a really intense thing to play solo.”
Getting better gives you confidence, Schumacher makes impressive steps towards a more intense and elaborated composition style. This solo concert was a challenge, he made it perfectly. He had planned thirty 'SOL' concerts but finally, due to covid, most of them have been canceled.
Last but not least, Umberto Eco once said, “Solitude is a kind of freedom.” He was not alone, the light composition was impressive and it complemented nicely the music.