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January, 2013

VIDEO OF « DARK MIRROR »

I just released this video for one of my latest compositions. «Dark Mirror» is played on a grand piano and the video is now on line on this website in full size at:    Robert Bériau - Videos

and on YouTube:        YouTube «Dark Mirror-R.Bériau» 

 

 

 

I also embedded the video of one of the most inspiring speaches evermade - Steve Jobs to Stanford graduates in 2005
Steve Jobs Video

R.Bériau

 

June, 2012

NEW SYNTH i-PAD APPLICATION by JORDAN RUDESS

Keyboardist from Dream Theatre has developped an innovative synthesizer application for i-Pad called: Morphwiz. It can also be used on i-Phone and works on a real time basis and is so intuitive and userfriendly. Its main objective: making more poeple playing keys and synth without any particular technical knowledge. Take a look to his demo:

www.morphwiz.com/

Nice job Jordan !

R.Bériau

 

January, 2011

NAMM SHOW 2011 ...+ ACXEL 2 NEWS !

I wish you all the best for the coming year and hope you will enjoy life.

If you would like to know what is new in music intruments industry, the NAMM show was held in California from January 13 to 16. You can go to NAMM.org.

Also yesterday, I was quite disappointed to receive, as creditor and shareholder, the bankruptcy notice of Idarca-Audio related to Acxel2 synthesizers and resynthesizers. For few months, I was their external consultant for business development until I unilaterally ended my contract in May 2010.

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R.Bériau (revised 02/2012)

 

July, 2009

A MAGICAL MOMENT : VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR...OUTDOORS !

33 years later, they were back in Canada, playing outdoors on a exceptionnal clear and warm summer night ... outside, the clarity of sounds and effects was just exceptionnal.

A huge THANK YOU to Van Der Graaf Generator for their performance in Quebec City last friday (July 10). I was a bit resistant to attend in absence of "Mr. Saxon"... but it turned to be a magical moment for many of us (especially for older fans when they played "Lemmings" and "Man-Erg"). Their "closing" with Man-Erg was something just amazing !...particularly played outdoors (purity of sounds)... Wow ! One of the top 3 shows, any bands, I have ever seen in life ! ... And I have seen a lot ...The "magic connexion" is still there between them.

Special congratulations to Hugh Banton for the way he was able to create "depth" to the show in absence of the " Sax ". .. really nice work and instruments set up he has created to achieve that. Man that was amazing...just like the original on Pawn Hearts ... 39 years later !

My guest is nearly half of the spectators knew VDGG just by name, but the comments I have heard after their performance demonstrates their professionalism and the recognition of their musician skills. My only regret is that my 21 years old son was not able to be there with me that night... he has become such a big fan of VdGG's music and some other "obscure good prog music "... this is the sign of real good music when the fan base is still turning !

Excellent job !    Thank you for the gift !

R.Bériau

 

February 10, 2009

FREE SONGS FROM ROBERT BÉRIAU & JORGOS

QUEBEC, Canada, February 10, 2009  - In their efforts to counter violence, a Canadian rock musician and a classical pianist from The Netherlands, come together to offer a piece a free music. 

For the whole year 2009, Robert Bériau, progressive rock musician, offers «Time Fracture», and Jorgos, classical pianist, offers recording of his interpretation of «Moonlight Sonata» from Beethoven, for free download.

«Providing this music is our modest way to express the horror of rising violence as seen over the world in recent years. If music can help improve collaboration and hamony between poeple, we would be happy to participate in our humble way»

To download these songs, go to: http://www.robertberiau.com/info/free 
 

I would also sincerely thank Jorgos, a great pianist from The Netherlands, who joins me in this message of non violence, to offer you one of the most extraordiairy piano pieces to ever have been written, "Moonlight Sonata" from Beethoven.
 

Beethoven "Moonlight Sonata" , is played by Jorgos on a Steinway grand piano.

 

January, 2009

NO MORE VIOLENCE !

To mark the International Days for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, from November 25, 2008,  I make available for free download from this website, the song "Time Fracture".

"This song was written in memory of Catherine Bourbonnière, a young canadian women who was murdered in her home in Quebec City in 2006. Offering this song is my modest way to express the horror of violence against women."

To download this song, go to:   http://www.robertberiau.com/info/free 
 

 

 

R.Bériau


 

November 17, 2008

Since last week, "Selfishness: Source of War & Violence" is available on-line from web-stores (see "weblinks" section) and in many retail stores around the world as :

 

in Canada: 

-Archambault Music
-Musique du Faubourg
-Freeson
-Sillons Le Disquaire
-Melomag
-Virgin Toronto
 

in USA: 

-FYE stores
-Target stores
-Virgin Megastore
-All stores related to Burnside
-Tower Records
-Syn Phonic Music
 

In Europe & Asia: 

-HMV (UK)
-HMV (Asia)
-Musea (Europe)
-Virgin Megastore (Europe and Asia)
-Tower Records (Japan)
-Amazon Japan
-Garden Shed Tokyo (Japan)
-Disk Union(Japan)
-Mals(Russia)
 


 

For some other music retails stores, only one copy is kept in inventory or available on command only... so don't hesitate to request for the album. For the list of stores and webstores see the «Weblinks» section.

 

 

...And a special thanks to Peter Hammill for his performance at the Palais Montcalm, in Quebec . . .

 

WHAT ... A ... SHOW !!!

Peter Hammill... a real and authentic artist ! PH has offered a really memorable spectacle in the best acoustic hall in Canada. He was never recognized to have a very beautiful voice, but this is precisely what he does with his voice which distinguishes him !.... But, wow, what a PRESENCE ! ...This was the 7 th times I had the privilege to attend one of his tour (first time was in 1974 when he was solo in first part of Genesis) and I realize he is just like a "grand cru" ... he improves with years! (In fact he delivered this memorable spectacle with a single glass of red wine close to him). The intensity and the emotion he delivered on stage, only with a Steinway grand piano and his guitar, are incomparable to any other musician or artist.

 

The deep silence across the hall all along his show (not even a fly!) testifies of a very special appreciation from the audience!

Really nice work Mr. Hammill, I hope . . . « this will ... come again ! »

R.Bériau

 

October 14, 2008

Welcome into my refreshed website !

Since september 1st, my second album is available on my website. It was also released into retail stores (CD) and webstores (CD and download) since yesterday(see "weblinks" section for stores list).

I am very proud of this second solo album. I put many, many, (too many !) hours over the last 3 years composing, recording, refining, mixing and editing this music, so it will reflect, at the end, exactly what I intended to create.

Whit this album, I had the privilege to discover and work with great prog musicians : Catherine and her marvelous "warm" voice, the creativity of Elad on drums, and Lee with his sensitivity and the presence of his play (what a gifted drummer !)... thanks for your patience !

I deeply hope you will spend as great time listening to these songs as I had to create them ! Some songs will take several listenings before appreciating all their subtleties... so give them a chance ! Thanks to Marc-Olivier Bouchard from SNB Reference Mastering (Montreal) and to Nancy from Moonlight Mastering in Texas for their collaboration, patience and advices !

R.Bériau

 

November 18, 2007

Yesterday, Patricia Barber and her jazz quartet did a really exceptionnal performance in Quebec City, even if the had not slept (their flight was delayed by 7 hours related to a computer failure).

Patricia Barber (piano & vocal), Neal Alger (guitars), Micheal Arnapol (Bass) and Eric Montzka (drums) had a awesome complicity on stage and it reflects over the "communion" with their plublic... they also had the chance to perform at the Palais Montcalm, a mediaum size classic hall (980 seats) newly rebuilt with exceptional acoustic specifications.

"Wish you were here!"... this quartet could also be seen most mondays evening at the Green Mills in Chicago.

R.Bériau

 

October 6, 2007

Tonight Gary Burton ( vibraphones) and Makoto Ozone (Steinway grand piano) have performed a really nice "intimate" jazz show into a " refreshed new hall " in my home town ....the accoustic was exceptionnal ! ...Great , great musicians

R.Bériau

 

September 15, 2007

Yesterday I went to the Genesis show "Turn it on Again" in Montreal.....or I might it call " Turned it Off ". The sound was horrible on the ground level (as always inside the Olympic Stadium) and the songs selection from the band did not reflected the "prog history" of Genesis...too much "pop oriented" ! .....easy show, just for the money..not for the fans !

R.Bériau

 

June 5, 2007

Last night I was attending the Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) show in my home town. I can’t remember the last time I have seen such a show: visual effects as it was in the ‘70s and ‘80s for the Pink Floyd’s shows but with more reserve, and sound quality as if we were sitting in a theatre ( or almost !).

What a gentleman Roger Waters is. He did 3 to 4 shows per week in different cities since the last 3 months and he still give you the impression they performed it for the first time ! We have really appreciated his kindness when they played “Wish you were here” and with the oversized screen projected tapes, pictures and private moments they spent with Roger “Syd” Barrett ( their long time friend and co-founder of Pink Floyd in the ‘60s) who died last year.

A great show wich let us appreciate real good music and a perfect gentleman !

R.Bériau

 

May 2, 2007

Hello,

For the last 8 months, I was working on my next progressive rock album. The recording sessions are over now and I will spend the next months "refining" the mix and the mastering before going with the glass master.

Also since january, my first album (Falling Back To Where I Began) is available in Japan and also on MP3 download in Asia at Aladin Music Japan and also at Windows Media and at MSN shopping .

R.Bériau

 

January 3, 2007

Hi,

Best wishes for 2007. I hope you will be doing all you have planned to do over the coming months....and most of all, staying healthy while listening to good music !

R.Bériau

 

November 8, 2006

For the next few weeks, I will be in studios to record my second solo album. It will be launched on the market in the middle of 2007.

Thank you to CHUO-FM (89,1FM Ottawa) for adding my music into its programming.

R.Bériau

 

August 21, 2006

Several radio stations and webradio are playing songs from my album. Thank you to AFK radio in Munich (94,5FM Germany) and to Baja Prog Webradio in Mexico (Baja Webradio).

Actually, I am working on my second solo album. I am planning to get back in studios for recording in the middle of november.

R.Bériau

 

June 13, 2006

Thank you to Digital Dream Door to have chosen me on their "spotlight" as " progressive rock artist for june 2006 " and to iO Magazine (The Netherlands) for their review of my album on the june issue of their progressive rock printed magazine !

R.Bériau

 

May 11, 2006

Hello,

Several radio stations are playing songs from my album (see the section “listening”) ..... A special thank to station FM 105,5 of Rio de Janeiro for its impact in Brazil (rock progressivo) and to Progrock radio in New-York area!

R.Bériau

 

March 3rd, 2006

Hi,

Today we are launching this new website and you are amongst the first visitors...so thank you ! Hope you will appreciate the work we have done and most of all...what you will be listening to ! So don't hesitate to e-mail me any comments/suggestions/questions you might have and I will get back to you !

R.Bériau

 

December 21st, 2005

Canadian progressive rock musician Robert Beriau, who has been composing for the last 25 years, has just released his first solo album.

This new CD, “Falling back to where I began” is in stores since december 19th, 2005. Songs are:

  1. Anyone's life: Humble story in mankind
  2. Suicide...by those left behind
  3. Darkness
  4. Looking Back
  5. Night running at -30C: the warm-up
  6. Night running at -30C: The Cruising Zone
  7. The Cycle of Love: Part 1,2,3,4
  8. Fell

 

Novembre 30, 2005

Robert and his colleagues of Qwaarn, a progressive rock band from Canada, are entering into session at “B+ Studios” for the second album of Qwaarn ( to be released in mid 2006)

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Axcel was a synthesizer developped in Canada in the 80s where Acxel2 was a synthesizer and resynthesizer prototype using a RPP paralell processor. Idarca Audio get bankrupted in January 2011.

 

 

2008
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Selfishness : Source of War & Violence
Mastered by Nancy Matter at Moonlight Mastering, Austin, USA

10 songs, 65 m 17s
Genre of music: rock / prog rock / soft progmetal /symphonic rock

This is my second solo album. also a  prog-rock concept album, the lyrics and the music decry the abyss that exists between rich and poor countries, and how every personnal gesture is so important. Flute-driven melody, sober use of mellotron, phaser sax and acoustic guitar, dark piano talking to synthetizers and electric guitar, the melodies are somewhere very complex... but always in harmony. Several musicians were invited to contribute to this album:

  • Catherine Denis Gagnon - mezzo-soprano coloratura from Canada ( back vocals )
  • Elad Fish - drummer from Los Angeles
  • Lee Levin – drummer from Miami (he played with major artists as Christina Aguilara, Barbra Streisand, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira)
2005
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Falling Back To Where I Began
Mastered by Renee Marc Aurele at SNB Mastering, Montreal, Canada

8 Songs, 63m24s
Genre of music: art rock / progressive rock/ alternative (instrumental)

“Falling back to where I began” is a instrumental symphonic prog album ( but the presence of nice melody lines replaces vocals very well), very spacey and mystical songs make reference to major events in everybody’s life. This is really a concept album as all pieces go together with the same music, sound line and “mood”. It offers a pretty dosage of synthetizer, acoustical piano and guitar, electric guitar with special effects (routed sometimes within synthetizers) and a subtile use of saxophones that reflects Van der Graaf Generator influence into my music.

 

Art Work by Robert Beriau - ©2006-2008 Robert Beriau - Beriau International Records