Acclaimed pianist, composer & producer Alexis Ffrench, has today revealed the powerful performance video for his new track ‘Still Life’, taken from his new album Truth – out May 6th on Sony Music.
When life threatens to become too fast, a lot of us feel overburdened in some way. ‘Still Life’ speaks to the dichotomy of modern living in which our lives are refracted through time, space and distorted perspectives. We live through a constant search to retain that sense of peace. Watch the video below.
Of the video, Alexis comments; “I wanted to picture a sense of the world whizzing round at a million miles an hour whilst simultaneously feeling like it’s standing still. This video reflects the combination of this frantic world we live in but where there is still space for calm and peace.”
With over 450 million global streams, 1.5 million monthly Spotify listeners & over 11 million Youtube views, Alexis is a modern day Classical phenomenon. He also isn’t afraid of fusing his music with weighty issues. For years, the pioneering pianist has used his music to highlight mental health, discuss diversity and challenge the classical world to be more inclusive. Truth, his latest album, is his most powerful and political to date, and also his most optimistic.
“I’m usually wary of making any sort of political statement,” says Britain’s best-selling classical composer, “but sometimes you have to put your head above the parapet. Truth was borne out of an intensely personal moment. These songs are my reaction to that.”
Recorded at the world-famous Real World Studios near Bath, he worked remotely with a 70-piece orchestra in a custom-built studio in Vienna. The artist who normally writes, orchestrates, performs and produces all his own albums, has worked with co-writer John Maguire (Calum Scott, Tom Chaplin) on ‘One Look’ featuring Leona Lewis – a spine-tingling classical-soul anthem.
Alexis doesn’t just talk about change. He frequently posts tutorials on YouTube and social media to help young musicians develop their skills and last year announced the launch of two annual scholarships to study at the world leading Royal Academy of Music, his alma mater, supported by Sony Music’s Social Justice Fund. This January, Alexis was appointed as a governing body member and trustee of the Royal Academy.
Truth is a collection of concise, compelling, thought-provoking recordings which has seen him bring classical music to the masses since he first topped the classical album charts in 2018. An album borne out of feelings of grief, despair and injustice, it is proof of the power of community, positive thought and collective healing.
On October 6th, Alexis Ffrench will bring his stunning live show to London’s Barbican.
The maestro may be wary of politics, but as ever, the result is an intoxicating listen.
The album is available to pre-order HERE