They use rituals, symbols, actions, gestures and got the aim of exploiting supernatural forces. A Sorcerer does magic and magic has a variety of meanings. Music can be one of them. It is sound, organized in time. Balanced between harmony, melody, rhythm, dynamic and the sonic qualities of texture and timbre. It got all it takes to be a sorcerer’s medium that can hex the
people and pitchfork them into another dimension of time and space. Since his childhood the French musician Damien Vandesande dreams about being a sorcerer in sound.
The first project that now sees the light of the day on the also freshly launched Tzar Music label, an adventurous new platform that Damian created with Mathias Duchemin (cofounder of Circus Company), is The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, a project by Damien
Vandesande, a studio wizard with a long recording history. The name deviates from the third and most famous segment in the Walt Disney movie “Fantasia” from 1940, which is based on a ballad of the same name by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and stars Mickey Mouse as the sorcerer’s apprentice. Unlike most of the music in the Disney film, this composition was the first to be recorded for the film spontaneous by a 100-piece handpicked orchestra of Los Angeles-based session musicians. An important side note as Damien’s vision behind the Tzar studios follows the same path: it should be a place, where befriended musicians
come by, play their instruments to written compositions in order to form some musical magic that stands out. Together with Fabien Leseure, Damian recorded five pieces of music written by himself, that cover all his passions from classic, jazz, house and synth-electronic songwriting. Back in his youth, when he was studying jazz in Paris, many of his fellow students did not join
the life of a free living musician. Instead they joined orchestras or made a career in bands. Some of them stayed friends and every now and then, when their work brought them to Berlin, they visited the Tzar studios for some special sound creation. The French pianist Julien Quentin was there, his compatriot, the Saxophone player Hamza Toure as well as people from Berlin
street bands or other organic groups from around the globe, that Damien deeply loves. Also his old buddy Clément Aichelbaum played some the percussions and German jazz drummer Moritz Baumgärtner tuned some acoustic drums. They all been guided by Damien’s vision of an organic sound, that is well composed, but leaves free spaces for fierce solos too.
The result is a record with five deeply touching compositions, that grow with every new listening round. You can categorize them as jazz, as funk, soul or cosmic journeys.
You can name them organic music treasures, you can dance to them or lose you mind while tripping in and on a well composed ocean of sound. Whatever you do, one thing is sure: “My Childhood On The Moon” will be one of these albums to which a deep
listener will return to forever.