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Music Experience Artist Jacky Terrasson playing the piano
MUSIC EXPERIENCE
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Jacky Terrasson
Jazz pianist
Biography

Born in 1965, Jacky Terrasson is an internationally renowned Franco-American pianist, composer and bandleader, who recorded his debut as a leader in 1992. The following year, he won the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition then toured with the legendary Betty Carter, both of which propelled him to superstardom.

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Music Experience Portrait of Artist Jacky Terrasson

In addition to releases memorable discs (12 albums) on Blue Note Records throughout the mid-’90s and early-2000, he has recorded for Concord Records and Universal.

During his distinguished career, Terrasson has also worked with notable jazz artists such as Cassandra Wilson, Stefon Harris, Cindy Blackman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jimmy Scott and Dianne Reeves. Called “the piano player of happiness,” by the French magazine Telerama, he was also named by the New York Times Magazine one of 30 artists who will change American culture in the next 30 years.

A master of phrasing and an exemplar of precision, his music is joyful, infectious, and alive.

Your relationship with Champagne ?

I think there is a great analogy between Champagne and music, because when people think about Champagne, a lot of times it is synonymous with partying, dancing, and I could attribute all those adjectives for music : it’s all about sharing, communicating, being together.

Your relationship with Krug Champagne?

Being a musician by nature makes you an hedonist. I like gourmet food, the company of friends, beautiful pianos and great Champagne. As an artist I am also on a constant quest for perfection with this idea of enjoying every second of life. Krug is the epitome of these values. Krug Champagne evoques for me, quality, artistry, knowledge, generosity, “savoir-faire”, prestige with authenticity. There is no showing off here. That is also why I am so happy to be the Krug Musical Ambassador of 2015.

Your first sip of Krug Champagne ?

I remember my first sip of Krug. It was at the Montreux Festival, and Claude Nobs who was the founder and director had invited me in the private lounge to drink. It was Krug Grande Cuvée.

Can you explain the music pairing you have chosen for each Krug Champagne ?

Krug Grande Cuvée

My choice for Krug Grande Cuvée lies with Count Basie’s Big Band. Krug Grande Cuvée is a blend of more than 120 wines that is very rich and powerful with an idea of generosity, sharing, excitement, dance and joy. A big band like Count Basie’s seems to be a perfect match.

“Corner Pocket” performed by Count Basie’s Big Band is a tune that is very festive and gives you a feeling of joy that would make people join and participate. It elicits a feeling of sharing that makes one feel good, which is very communicative and attractive. It makes one want to dance and share a moment of fun. I feel the same when I am enjoying Krug Grande Cuvée.

Krug Rosé

For Krug Rosé I have chosen one of my own compositions that is called “Dance”.

This champagne offers many surprises and reminds me of Krug Grande Cuvée with a touch of feminism and elegance. “Dance” has this sense of communicating, of moving. It is an invitation to share pleasure which is a common trait for both Champagne and Music.

Krug  2000

For Krug Vintage 2000, I have chosen Herbie Hancock”s, “Butterfly”. He is one of my heroes, he is very versatile, a very audacious musician who is afraid of nothing and who would try everything regardless of the environment or what is happening.

The year 2000 was not the easiest year in term of weather, so I tried to make this parallel because Herbie, regardless of the conditions would make the music happen. I love the way he would take different styles and makes a blend together.

Krug 2003

Krug 2003 deserved a very intense and beautiful masterpiece with Keith Jarret’s “Vision”. It is a 48 seconds piece of music where everything is just told in a very eloquent and direct way. The music is fresh, radiant, very generous. The message is clear and is expressed beautifully, in a very simple but yet very honest way. And I thought it was a really good match for 2003.

Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003

For Krug Clos du Mesnil 2003, I have chosen the adagio of the G concerto by Maurice Ravel for two reasons. First, it is a piece of music that I have heard since I was a child and I have been in love with for all my life. The second reason is that it was an evident match: a single grape and an opening with a solo piano. There is an idea of uniqueness, of simplicity, of love, honesty and truth that is expressed so well.

The message being conveyed is crystal clear, beautiful, so simple, but yet, so huge and intense. This is what I felt also during my visit to the Krug Clos de Mesnil; sheer amazement at this tiny plot of earth producing such quality.

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay

For Krug Clos d’Ambonnay 2000, my choice fell instantly on “God Bless The Child” by Billie Holiday because nobody sings like Billie Holiday. The song here is important but not as much as the voice. I wanted to focus on Billie Holiday because she has a such unique and rare voice. And I think the same words can go with Krug Clos d’Ambonnay “Unique, Personal and Rare”. Just like this tiny parcel of Pinot Noir, Billie is very special and gives you more emotion and truth than any other singer.

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