Dreamland Alexis Ffrench
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- Alexis Ffrench (b. 1970):
- 2Forever Song03:28
- 6Story of You03:37
- 8These Days02:54
- 9Coming Home03:35
- 11Written In The Stars03:29
- 12Crest of a Wave03:15
- 14Footprints in The Sand02:54
Info for Dreamland
A stunning collection of classical-soul, piano-led pieces composed, arranged and performed by Alexis Ffrench. The perfect follow up album to his chart-topping Sony Music debut, ‘Evolution’. Includes works for solo piano, piano & orchestra, and a special guest feature from international cello superstar Tina Guo.
“I don’t see a hierarchy in music. In my own music, I have the freedom to express anything I want and put my feelings out in a positive way.” (Alexis Ffrench)
Alexis Ffrench is a musician who has been offering practical support for some time. Evangelical about the power to be gained from music, and saddened by the demise of music education in schools, Alexis has created video tutorials for aspiring musicians of all abilities. “The videos are for people who play and study piano, but also for people who can’t play a note,” he explains. “Lots of musical people simply haven’t had the opportunity to learn an instrument. That doesn’t make them any less musical. I want my videos to allow people to create whatever musical ideas they have. With an educational consultant, I’m looking at ways to bring those ideas to life…”
Alexis is aware of the gifts a music education brings. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, he won a scholarship for gifted children to study there when he was 10. At the same time, Alexis was a student at The Purcell School before going to Guildhall School of Music. Even before his formal music education, from the age of seven, Alexis had been the organist at his local church in Bagshot, Surrey. Growing up in a household full of the music of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, Alexis would play along to Stevie Wonder’s songs on the kitchen table aged four and writing his first pieces at five, his prodigious gifts convincing his parents to buy a second-hand piano: his ability really does come naturally.”
With his previous album ‘Evolution’ reaching No.1 in the classical music charts, over 100m streams to his name and a headline show at the Royal Albert Hall, 2019’s seen Alexis Ffrench announce his next album ‘Dreamland’ due for release in 2020. As Alexis explains: “’Dreamland’ is about positivity and light. It’s a landing point for hopes and dreams, a place of safety and calm.”
UK contemporary composer and pianist Alexis Ffrench is one of the UK’s most distinctive and relevant artists. Alexis is already an established star in the streaming world - his music speaking to a wide audience and transcending all boundaries and genres. As likely as one would be to find him listening to Kendrick Lamar or Chance the Rapper as Bach, his combination of classical training and love for R&B and Roots music has helped define his unique sound. Trying to break the rigorous and academic preconceptions of classical music, Alexis has now found himself as one of the leading voices of a new wave of composers, redefining the genre made accessible by Ludovico Einaudi and Michael Nyman. Inspired in his youth by icons such as Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley, Alexis felt destined to pursue a career in music, but without a piano at home, he first developed his skills by silently playing the dining room table. He didn’t allow the absence of an instrument to hold him back, and is an alumnus of the most prestigious music institutions in the country: Purcell School of Music, Royal Academy of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Alexis released Bluebird in September 2017, which reached over 1 million streams in just 7 weeks. Alexis’ brand new album 'Evolution' is out now.