ondon-based French pianist Jean-Philippe Rio-Py, aka RIOPY, is pleased to announce his new studio album ‘Tree of Light’ will be released on September 27th on Warner Classics. In line with the announcement, RIOPY has also released the beautiful ‘Tree Of Light – A Call To Arms’, taken from the highly anticipated forthcoming album. UK live dates to be announced shortly – watch this space!
‘Tree Of Light – A Call To Arms’ is an intensely moving song. On the track RIOPY commented, “It’s a call to humanity to fight – not the wars outside, but to fight the wars inside us. A wake up call. If we are all kind to each other, and kind and compassionate and nice to ourselves and each other, we will have a better chance to save ourselves and the planet.”
RIOPY knows better than most the power of the piano. The self-taught prodigy has used the instrument as his weapon of choice: an instrument, in both senses of the word, for emotional change, environmental action, pioneering neuro-science, love, connection and togetherness.
His latest masterpiece, ‘Tree of Light’, is a ten-track album of self-composed instrumental music, each with a feeling, all with a message and all with a purpose. As he puts it: “I use the piano is a medium to communicate. There is life and joy and pain and feeling in my music.”
Album highlights include the powerful opening track ‘Tree of Light – A Call To Arms’, the rhythmically calming ‘Blue Moon’ and the uplifting album closer, ‘New World’.
RIOPY plays the following dates, tickets on sale now.
Thurs 3rd THE NETHERLANDS, KAMPEN, Broederkerk
Fri 4th THE NETHERLANDS, MIDDELBURG, Oostkerk
Sat 5th THE NETHERLANDS, NIJMEGEN, LUX
Sun 6th THE NETHERLANDS, ROTTERDAM, LantarenVenster