Even though it is best to remain cautious regarding the evolution of covid-19, the fact is that public activities and events have been picking up over here in France. The organization of the Imaginales is therefore well underway, and the 2021 edition is planned from the 14th to the 17th of October. And it is indeed official, my label Ylsthia will once again have its stand there, making this its fifth participation in the famous festival.
Along with the change in month, the other major difference will be that instead of being held in the Parc Du Cours, this edition will take place in the city-center of Epinal.
As far as the Ylsthia stand itself is concerned, the main change will affect the listening terminals (shown here in a former configuration) which, this time around, will be much farther apart, in order to comply with safety distances. The same applies to the two pairs of headphones that accompany each tablet. They will be sufficiently apart, so that two people may listen simultaneously while remaining three feet away from one another. It goes without saying that these tablets and headphones will be thoroughly cleaned after each use.
As far as music is concerned, I will of course have something new to premiere. I will be able to tell you more about it in the forthcoming months.
Take care and stay healthy.
July 14th, 2021
Hope and courage to all for 2021.
January 1st, 2021
Given how this year has seen us struggle against Covid-19, many projects were upset, and mine were no exception. Since I currently have a day job (home aid for the elderly) parallel to my artistic work, I have been very active, even during both lockdowns. And since my upcoming sixth album is a conceptual one (not to mention more ambitious than “Ebsythria”), you will understand than it isn’t quite close to being finished.
I nevertheless didn’t like the idea of leaving 2020 without releasing at least a little something. Parallel to my sixth album, I have also been working on a few independent tracks, so I selected a couple I thought went well together, and… here it is ! My very first EP ! Twenty minutes of music that will not appear on any other forthcoming album. To hear and purchase it (as CD or download), simply click right here : https://iridaes.bandcamp.com/album/perseverance
As for my aforementioned sixth album, it is coming along really well. The music has taken shape really nicely (the basic structure of each track is defined), and more than half of the story is now written. The illustrations are what will mainly require more time, as I am still in the process of churning out tons of sketches in order to best prepare each one of the final drawings.
If the Imaginales festival takes place in 2021 as we hope it will, it is perfectly plausible that this new creation will be premiered there.
I hope you are all enjoying your holidays in spite of the current situation. Let’s all stay safe and remain hopeful.
December 27th, 2020
Hello to All,
Given all the necessary precautions regarding Covid 19, many of us were beginning to think that the 2020 edition of the Imaginales festival might have to be cancelled. On Saturday, March 21st, it was confirmed that such was finally the case.
It is obviously a shame, but also quite understandable. And I wholeheartedly agree with all those who find courage in the idea that the 2021 edition will only be more dazzling.
However, do know that my activities remain unchanged. As has been customary during the past few years, I have gotten to work on a new album, initially destined to be premiered at the next Imaginales. Now, given the cancellation of the 2020 edition, I am no longer “obligated” to finish it for the month of May. But this new album has already taken shape quite nicely, so there is no valid reason for it not to be released this year. I will, nonetheless, most likely take a little more time to perfect it, as I definitely wish to release another concept album.
What is also just as likely is that, right after releasing that album, I will immediately get to work on the next. Indeed, not content with releasing a second concept-album, I would very much like to release a third in 2021.
Best regards to all.
April 7th, 2020
Happy New Year, best wishes to all for 2020 !
January Ist, 2020
Hello to all,
Attending the 2018 edition of the Saint-Prix arts and crafts fair was a nice experience, due to its friendly atmosphere. I was immediately willing to return the following year.
You will therefore once again find me at the Ylsthia stand, on the 23rd and 24th of November 2019, in the Christian Dufresne sports complex (situated in the “rue Pasteur” street).
Opening times will be as follow :
- Saturday 23rd of November : 10 AM to 7 PM
- Sunday 24th of November : 10 AM to 6 PM
All my albums will be available for listening, purchase, and – of course – signings.
Best regards to all, see you very soon !
November 13th, 2019
Just two months after the Imaginales festival, I will have the pleasure of bringing the Ylsthia stand back to the Vosges region. Indeed, from the 19th to the 21st of July, the town of Saint-Dié-Des-Vosges will host the fourth edition of the Déod’Art, a festival dedicated to all forms of artistic creation.
This event will take place at the Espace François Mitterrand. Opening times will be as follow :
- Friday 19th of July : 2 PM to 7 PM
- Saturday 20th of July : 10 AM to 8 PM
- Sunday 21st of July : 10 AM to 6 PM
This will be a new opportunity to discover my music (with the listening devices shown on the right), purchase CDs, and… have them signed !
To know more about the Déod’Art festival, click on the link : https://fr-fr.facebook.com/artendeodatie/
See you soon.
Best regards to all.
July 7th, 2019
My fifth album "refuge" has just been released for download on BandCamp. The CD version will also be released there on the 8th of June 2019, but it will be exclusively available at the Imaginales festival, from the 23rd to the 26th of May 2019.
See you at the Ylsthia stand !
May 22nd, 2019
Yes, just one week before the Imaginales (see the article just below), I will have the pleasure of bringing the Ylsthia stand back to Puteaux for a new arts and crafts fair, from the 17th to the 19th of May 2019. It will be identical to the one from last Christmas, except for the fact that it won’t take place inside City Hall, but outside on the esplanade in front of it. A nice outdoor springtime fair where a great number and variety of exhibitors will mingle.
Activities will include a large choice of workshops, a concert by the band Hikaloo (Saturday between 6 PM and 7 PM on the fair’s stage), and… the fashion shows of course ! These will also take place on the stage, on Saturday and Sunday between 4 PM and 5 PM. As I did last Christmas, I will conclude Saturday’s show, but as far as Sunday’s show is concerned… I will be playing all the way through ! Which is more, some of my tracks will be included in the playlist that will be broadcast during all three days.
Puteaux will also be hosting its annual comic book fair at the Palais de la Médiathèque, on the 18th and 19th of May. The weekend will indeed be most rich and varied.
So how about the Ylsthia stand in itself ? Well, that’s where you will find me during most of the fair. I will be happy to present my music (the listening devices will be there in their brand new structure) and sign my albums.
Opening times for the fair will be as follow :
- Friday 17th of May 2019, from 2 PM to 9 PM
- Saturday 18th of May, from 10 AM to 9 PM
- Sunday 19th of May, from 10 AM to 6 PM
Best regards to all, see you soon !
This event is organized by the association l'Art et la Matière : https://assolartetlamatiere.wordpress.com/
May 5th, 2019
The 2019 edition of the Imaginales festival will take place from the 23rd to the 26th of May, and it is with great pleasure that I will return to run the Ylsthia stand in Epinal’s Parc du Cours. Yes, this will indeed be the fourth time, and this time around… there will be quite a few changes !
I had been thinking about reorganizing the stand’s layout for some time now, in order to make it more open and welcoming. The previous edition of the Imaginales convinced me this could be a good thing, and I began drawing all kinds of little plans right after I got back, to help me figure out which changes I could make. I was even more encouraged in this direction when the time came to sign up for the 2019 edition. Indeed, when I saw that the big tables now had to be paid for, I quite simply decided to do without them.
Participating in the arts and crafts fair in Cocherel allowed me to test some of my ideas, notably the brand new installation for the listening devices (see picture on the right). The way in which the different albums will be presented is still being designed, but the definitive aspect is almost complete.
The most notable addition, compared to the previous editions of the festival… is that this time I will be performing on the stand. Yes, I will have one of my synthesizers with me, and I will play various pieces throughout the four days. These mini-concerts will take place at regular intervals, so that anyone may enjoy them at one moment or another.
So there you have it. A nice little metamorphosis whose prime goal will be to make the Ylsthia stand more lively and friendly. True to myself, I will be happy as ever to chat and sign my CDs.
One last thing I must specify : as it is the case every year, the exact location of the stand in the Parc du Cours won’t be known until the very first day of the Imaginales. Be sure to check my Twitter account on the morning of May 23rd.
Best regards to all, see you soon !
March 24th, 2019
Finding markets and fairs last Christmas was only the beginning. I kept on searching, and it is with great pleasure that I bring you the news that the Ylsthia stand will be setting up at the arts and crafts fair in Cocherel (in the Seine-et-Marne region). This event will take place in the village hall (also known as Grange Bellevue and situated in the Rue de Chaton street).
My touch tablets and headphones will naturally be back (so you may hear any album you like), and I will be – as always - happy to sign the CDs.
The opening times will be as follows :
- Saturday 16th of March 2019 : 9 AM to 9 PM
- Sunday 17th of March 2019 : 8 AM to 7 PM
See you very soon !
March 10th, 2019
When I first started uploading my videos, my initial intention was to focus all my efforts on Vimeo. However, this approach did not prove as fruitful as I had hoped, and I gradually came to the decision of launching a YouTube channel.
And now… it is finally up and running. I invite you all to check it out, simply click right here.
Yes, there is already a video online, a live rehearsal version of “La Valse Iridescente”, which was filmed and recorded in September 2017.
Regarding the videos I posted in Vimeo, they will remain there exclusively for now, so you can still see them by clicking here.
January 20th, 2019
Happy New Year to all, best wishes for 2019 !
January 1st, 2019
Only two weeks after the Saint-Prix arts and crafts market, I happily return to once again run the Ylsthia stand, this time in Puteaux. From the 7th to the 9th of December 2018, City Hall will be hosting the Christmas arts and crafts fair (Salon de Noël des Créateurs).
Opening times will be :
- Friday December 7th : 2 PM to 9 PM
- Saturday December 8th : 10 AM to 10 PM
- Sunday December 9th : 10 AM to 8 PM
The listening devices will be there, so you may hear any album you choose, and I will once again be happy to sign my CDs.
For further information on the event (in French), click on the link below :
Best regards to all, see you soon.
December 4th, 2018
Yes, the Ylsthia stand returns, this time at another event ! On Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of November 2018, at the arts and crafts market (Marché d’Art et d’Artisanat) in Saint-Prix (in the Val d’Oise region), I will be there to present my music, sell my CDs, and… sign them of course !
This market will take place indoors at the Christian Dufresne sports complex (situated in the “rue Pasteur” street). Opening times will be from 10 AM to 7 PM on Saturday, and 10 AM to 6 PM on Sunday.
As always, the touch tablets and headphones will be present, so you may listen to any albums you wish.
See you soon !
November 18th, 2018
Yes, my concept album "Ebsythria" is now available ! Alongside this article, you can see pictures of the CD version, with its 21 x 15 cm booklet (21 x 59,6 cm open) and handmade pouch. As promised, the download version includes the content of the booklet (short story and illustrations) in PDF format.
Enjoy listening, and... reading as well !
June 7th, 2018
Once again, the CD version of my new album will be exclusively launched at the Imaginales festival (at the Ylsthia stand, in Epinal’s Parc du Cours), before being sold on BandCamp towards the beginning of June. “Ebsythria” is already my fourth album, but it bears a notable difference in that it is my first fully-fledged concept album. It is true that “Navigation” somewhat comes close to that description, but “Ebsythria” is more than worthy of the title, since the seventy minutes of music are accompanied by a nice 21 x 15 cm booklet (21 x 59,6 cm when open) featuring a short science-fiction story (in english and in french) I wrote and illustrated. And as if that weren’t enough, the CD and booklet are contained in a nice pouch which I have painted and assembled. I have been wanting to release something a little more elaborate for quite some time now, and I am pleased that it is finally the case !
Regarding the music itself, its immersive and futuristic character fits the story perfectly. And still, it remains as melodious as everything I have released so far.
Naturally, “Ebsythria” will also be available for download. The content of the booklet will be included as a series of files.
Best regards to all.
May 22nd, 2018
After running the Ylsthia stand there for two years in a row, I definitely feel I have my place at the Imaginales festival. And it is a truly enjoyable feeling, given what an awesome festival it is.
Once again, I am looking forward to meeting you all and sharing my music. Not only will I be selling my CDs, I will also be happy to sign them, as always. Naturally, my trusty listening devices (touch tablets and headphones) will allow you to check out any album you desire.
The Imaginales festival will take place in Epinal, from the 24th to the 27th of May 2018. Most of the events and all of the stands will be situated in the Parc du Cours.
The exact location of the Ylsthia stand will be specified on the very first day of the Imaginales. Make sure to check it on my Twitter account !
See you all very soon !
March 22nd, 2018
Happy New Year to all, best wishes for 2018 !
December 3rd, 2018
By focusing – as early as January - on recording my new album, I was not only hoping to finish it before the end of the first semester, but also preferably before the beginning of the Imaginales. The renown Epinal festival has indeed become a key event in my calendar, and hadn’t I been able to present any new work there, I would have felt like I was dropping by empty-handed.
With all the tracks that were gradually adding up, recording and mixing sessions alternated in an almost relentless succession, and the album was finally finished just in time. However, all this work wound up mingling with the preparations for the Ylsthia stand. It therefore became difficult, during a few days, to keep my various websites (including those of my label) up to date.
Which is why I am only now announcing my third album’s release, two weeks after the official date.
But all of these efforts (and adjoining interferences) paid off in the long run. Of all my albums, “Passage” is the one that sold the most during the Imaginales festival. Definitely a very pleasing start.
If you haven’t yet heard it, feel free to discover it on my BandCamp page :
May 31st, 2017
The good news has just been confirmed. My label Ylsthia will have a stand at the 2017 edition of the Imaginales festival, in Epinal. As always, it will mainly take place in the Parc du Cours, and that’s where I’ll be from May 18th to 21st, running the stand, selling my CDs and, of course, signing them.
Listening devices (tablets & headphones) will once again be available (allowing anyone to select and discover any album they choose), and I will be happy to chat about my work with anyone who wishes to know more.
See you all very soon !
The Imaginales' website is in french.
Here's the link to a video I made (in english) about the 2015 edition of the festival :
March 23, 2017
Best wishes to all for 2017 !
January 3, 2017
Yes, after many meticulous packing tests and shipping price calculations, this is it, the CD versions of my two first albums are finally available on my BandCamp page !
Any album of your choice can be signed. Just make sure to ask for it in your order, and don't forget to speficy the names that are to be mentioned.
December 11, 2016
Running the Ylsthia stand, at the 2016 Inaginales festival, was a very enjoyable and enriching experience. I therefore wrote a detailed account of my stay, complete with a nice little selection of pictures.
July 31, 2016