Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Alexis Ffrench at the Cafe de Paris

Alexis Ffrench at the Cafe de Paris (photo David Nelson)
Alexis Ffrench at the Cafe de Paris (photo David Nelson)
I have to confess that until last week, I had never been to London's Cafe de Paris (a nightclub which opened in 1924 and has managed to feature artists as varied as Louise Brooks, Marlene Dietrich, and Noel Coward to name but a few). 

But last Tuesday this was the elegant venue for the launch of pianist Alexis Ffrench's new disc Evolution, his first disc since being signed to Sony. Ffrench is a fascinating musician, he trained at The Purcell School, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music, but he is also loves rap, R&B and roots music, and can write a good tune. His new disc features guests as varied as classical harpist Lavinia Meijer and Boston-based electro folk duo Tall Heights, and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Adam Klemans.

Alexis Ffrench's recent appearances have included playing at the Classical Brit Awards at the Albert Hall in June 2018, and as well as playing to us at the Cafe de Paris he also talked about this event and his daughter's dancing on stage during it.



Alexis Ffrench is very much a voice in the world of new classical music, often combining classical sensibility with the structure of more popular music, and he is no mean pianist too!

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