I started smoking at the age of 33. Not too smart, you’ll probably say. That could be, but I’ve always exclusively smoked a pipe which means that I have to set aside at least half an hour for myself before I can light up. I choose which pipe I’ll use, the place where I’ll smoke and which type of tobacco. Pipe smoking is the opposite of cigarette smoking: it requires time and dedication. I do the same thing with alcohol. I rarely drink but when I do, I look for interesting wines, whiskeys or other quality distilled drinks. I try to spoil myself. I do the same with food. Over the years, I’ve learned to substitute quality for quantity and know how to take care of the things that I love. This approach is even more important with music, because music is my life. I’ve been playing professionally for 30 years and for the past 20, I have been making CDs as a performer on various labels and have always produced and personally overseen all of my own work.
BARNUM was created out of my vision as a musician, an educator, a composer and an artistic director who still believes that music should be conveyed using the highest quality possible at every step. It’s an artistic and cultural vision that doesn’t reduce music to merely a product. I still believe that CDs and LPs are objects which safeguard treasures. These treasures represent important moments essential to music’s creativity and communicability as an artistic experience.
BARNUM supports only musical projects whose musicians have invested their hearts, heads, souls and sweat and where a loyal audience can relive a magical experience thanks to the use of recording studios of the absolute highest quality chosen for these productions.
BARNUM can be likened to a genuine and passionate winemaker who takes the utmost care with his production chain. With every BARNUM CD (or LP), there will be a password that, when entered into this website, will make it possible to download a true extension of the disc with extra content waiting to be explored.
That said, there’s nothing left to do but wish you all happy listening.