The vinyl record is dead, life is short, but art is infinite. That’s Anne Niepold’s postulate in her new album, playing solo on the A-side, as part of a trio on the B-side. Quite original, but we knew that this accordionist cannot be classified.
Since nothing lasts forever and, paradoxically, artistic research is never-ending, Anne Niepold wanted to create a physical object that would stop time and carry the depth of this existential question. “Vita Brevis” is, thus, a vinyl record, but it is more than that. It is an invitation to enter a bubble, a space where time no longer progresses but constitutes the essence of every piece of music. At once individual and collective, this beautiful work approaches a universal question with a lightness and a humility that makes you quiver.
After her successful “Musette is not Dead”, Anne Niepold continues to surprise us by unraveling the clichés around the waltz, the musette and the accordion. For her trio project, two old companions join her, Hendrik Vanattenhove on the double bass and Etienne Plumer on drums. The trio overthrows the traditional combination of these instruments in order to form a new, refined balance of sound and volumes that seduces our senses. It ranges from rock and roll to minimalistic. The Anne Niepold Trio offers music without borders, from the past, the present and the future – music that is eternal.
- Anne Niepold : diatonic accordion
Hendrik Vanattenhoven : double-bass
Etienne Plumer : drums