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Ozark Henry

Artist & Composer
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Since David Bowie praised Ozark Henry’s debut album as one of his favorites, the Belgian artist has produced Music ranging from avant-garde electronica to pop and even a symphonic album with the National Orchestra of Belgium.

Today, Ozark Henry, a gold and platinum recording artist, is committed to bringing the experience of immersive (or 3D) sound to the world because he believes it will revolutionize the listening experience. 3D sound – which captures audio from different positions and gives a 360-degree ‘ambisonic’ recording – is the future. The transition from mono to stereo took place in the late 1950s and Ozark Henry is working toward the next milestone. 

Maps to the Stars is the name he gives to his immersive sound performances. He travels the world, meeting young musicians, choirs and artists and also visiting universities to teach them about this technique. Through immersive sound, Music has the ability to activate the senses in deeper ways, allowing one to experience a live performance even after it has taken place. Ozark Henry’s goal is to make 3D sound accessible to humanity.

www.ozarkhenry.com

Do you feel a kinship with the House of Krug?
Most definitely. The House of Krug is committed to offering the highest quality in every bottle it presents. Honouring heritage and valuing the Krug Lover, each Krug experience speaks to the senses. This is exactly how I approach my Music. Each song or album must translate a story into a sensory experience. I feel connected to the Krug winemakers and identify with the way they start with a blank page for each cuvée and re-create every Édition anew, always raising the bar of what Champagne can be.
You & Krug Champagne?
La Maison Krug works towards excellence in taste for every bottle they release. They honour their heritage and value their customer, so each Krug experience is an emotional one. This is exactly how I approach my music. Each song, each album has to translate a story into a sensory experience. I feel connected to the Krug team. I identify with the way they start with a blank page for each cuvée and dare to reinvent champagne, sometimes making radical decisions and always raising the bar of what champagne can be, what it can mean in a person’s life.
What is your ideal moment to enjoy Krug Champagne?
Any moment that is worth sharing. I live by the ocean, so I often have friends over during the summer. The best times are when we get together at sunset, stay outside until late and just enjoying each other’s company. There is no better way to celebrate those moments than with a glass of Krug.
What is your favourite Krug Champagne?
My favourite would have to be Krug Rosé, the most daring, non-conformist of Krug Champagnes. When I first tasted it, I was completely surprised that this Rosé Champagne could replace a good red wine at the table.
Can you explain the Music Pairings you have chosen for each Krug Champagne?
Krug Grand Cuvée is the House’s symphonic masterpiece, offering the equivalent in flavours and aromas of a 120-piece orchestra. This is why I chose to pair it with Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony in B Minor, which also uses the whole range of colours and nuances of the orchestra.
Musically Krug Rosé makes me think of Bella Bartok’s 2nd violin concerto, a very demanding, virtuoso piece. Full and opulent, just like Krug Rosé.
Krug 2002 is an Ode to Nature. Generous but elegant, round yet delicate. When the House asked me to pair it with one of my own songs, I chose the symphonic version of “This Is All I Have”, the opening track of my album ‘Paramount’, which was recorded with the National Orchestra of Belgium. All 90 Musicians have their moment in the piece, but it is still very understated. The instruments sound like flowers in spring, just about to bloom.
Krug 2003 has the same vivacity, tension and freshness that I hear in Saint-Saëns’s amazing piece "Danse Macabre". A great composition of different colours and layers, finding a unique balance.
For Krug Clos du Mesnil, I chose the Prelude of the Bach Suite: fresh and pure but loaded with history. A glass of this Champagne is perfect at noon, to add a spark to your day.

Krug Clos d’Ambonnay: As this is the rarest of Krug Champagnes, there is an exciting sense of expectation on the palate. This is the same feeling I experienced when recording “Love Is Free to Interfere” with the National Orchestra with a longing for the magic just about to happen.

A talk with Ozark Henry

Singer and Musician

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Krug grande cuvée

Grand soleil
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    Krug Grande Cuvée — Grand Soleil
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