Following his debut US single, today France’s most outstanding young pianist Sofiane Pamart releases his second single “Nara.” The 28-year-old Frenchman and Gold Medalist of the National Conservatory of Lille in many ways is the enfant terrible of French classical music. Noticed for his ardour, strong and rebellious temperament – he is devoted to the composition of his work rather than the interpretation of classical repertoire. His neoclassical work is of a dark and poetic nature, embodying an emotional accuracy that allows him to reach and draw in large audiences.
“Nara” is conveyed alongside a video shot in Japan. The visual component is a tribute to a good friend who passed earlier in the year. Melancholic but gentle, it explores themes of mourning, meditation, distress, and solitude. The setting is poetic, elegant and solemn, while Sofiane seems to be overcome by a powerful vertigo.
“’Nara’ is an important release in my career because it is a tribute to a friend that died recently,” says Sofiane. “It means a lot to me to share this new song and new video as I put a lot of emotion into it.”
This release brings us a little closer to Planet Gold, which is set to be released on October 30. Originally released in France in 2019, Sofiane’s debut album Planet received critical acclaim and media support from TF1, France 2, France 3, France 5, Arte, JT de M6, France Inter, LCI, RFI, RTBF, Numero Magazine, Mediapart, BFM TV and many more.
On October 30, the album will receive its international release. This deluxe edition is titled Planet Gold and its original 12 compositions are joined by six brand new tracks. The album is dedicated to natural or urban landscapes, with all 18 tracks named after cities from Paris to Chicago, and natural wonders from Alaska to Madagascar.
“Each city that I visit, for filming or for pleasure, inspires me,” says Sofiane. “Each piece bears the name of a city. Sometimes the emotion is the one that came to me on the spot, sometimes I completely imagined it, as is the case with Alaska.”
The resulting album is a mesmerising and emotional journey, halfway between spectacular film scores and adventurous stories, which capture the unique talent of this young pianist and composer. Listening, we surf on a diagonal that joins Chopin to Keith Jarrett or Bill Evans. Everything seems fluid, airy, playful or romantic. Planet Gold showcases Sofiane Pamart’s exceptional talent and vivid imagination.
Prior to launching his solo career in 2019, he was renowned as the collaborator of choice for the French hip-hop scene. Having worked with artists including: Koba LaD, Maes, Vald, Laylow, Dinos, Madd, Isha, Youv Dee, Rémy, 7Jaws, Hugo TSR, Lord Esperanza, L’Or du Commun, Lonepsi, Scylla, Médine and Aloise Sauvage, as well as DJ and producer The Magician and singer-songwriter Marina Kaye.
Sofiane, who began his musical life in a rap group, set out from a young age to demystify the piano amongst his friends. “I really wanted to become the pianist of French rap,” He explains. Adding, “to become the reference in this environment, and to bring back these phrasings, this capacity with richer and more varied harmonies than in rap.”