The project is like its creator: surprising, challenging, fascinating. Since the early 90s, Olivier Mellano has been multiplying musical adventures, favouring human and artistic encounters.
Composer, guitarist and above all a talented musical alchemist, he was instrumental in shaping the sound of Dominique A, Laetitia Shériff, and was invaluable to the much esteemed Bed. Hovering between hip-hop excursions (Psykick Lyrikah), solitary escapades (La Chair des Anges, and the recent MellaNoisEscape) and limitless acts (Mobiil) or movie-concerts, Olivier Mellano is often spotted where least expected.
Now, he is back with How We Tried…, a creation out of blinkers, a trilogy mixing acoustic, electric and electro/hip-hop music, voices, sounds and projected images.
Olivier Mellano presents this new work in three interpretations of the same musical theme, divided into four movements inviting us to a “metaphorical journey”, a one way ticket to discover the “act of creation”.
How we tried a new combination of notes to show the invisible or even the embrace of eternity – Press
« Olivier Mellano, a titan in his work. » Le Monde
« An ambitious, titanic (…), gorgeous symphony, How we tried… turns out to be as complex as consistent, as exhaustive as fascinating. » New Noise
« If we think this passionate record will not shade the mash music at the top of the charts, we can bet it will leave a mark on its author’s discography and on the story of music full stop. » Magic
« Composition science, virtuoso manipulation of musical forms, epic breath of long term operas : How We Tried… impresses – do not miss the performances organized here and there. » Vibrations
« A demanding and atypical artistic quest. » Mouvement
« A master stroke! » Longueur d’Ondes
« Musical science fiction, an unusual project that propels us towards new imaginations, (…), a powerful work. » France Inter (Aude Lavigne)
« Difficult to know who could take it all in and give every part its due but in its sprawling, almost unnavigable ambition, as with that of Les Transmusicales in general, I salute it. » The Quietus (U.K)
« This brillant show has been the most important event of Les Transmusicales 5 day Festival. » El Punt (Spain)
« Ambitious, pioneering and thus exciting! » TGV Magazine
« This year, the surprising, fascinating and demanding creation (of the Transmusicales] was at the Rennes Opera house with Olivier Mellano. » Snatch
« If this creation can disconcert the one who dislike nonstandard creations, the result is actually transcending. » Session Live
- Soprano singer > Valérie Gabail
- The Symphony Orchestra of Brittany conducted by > Jean Michel Lavoie (Los Angeles Philharmonic, Ensemble Intercontemporain…).
- Pictures > Dan Ramaën
- 12 guitar players > the Pink Iced Club band
- Drums > Regis Boulard
- Singer > Simon Huw Jones from the cult English rock band “And Also The Trees”.
- Rappers > MC dälek/IconAclass, Black Sifichi and Arm.
- Pictures > Taprik