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This is a full-length album by Luxembourgian pianist and composer Francesco Tristano, recorded in Detroit with Carl Craig. A close musical encounter of the third kind: that might be the most appropriate way to describe what the people at The Space on July 18, 2010 were lucky enough to experience. That night, a grand piano had landed in the illustrious Ibiza club. At its helm, Francesco Tristano -- a long-distance adventurer in sonic space. Also on board, in the DJ booth, was Carl Craig, controlling Ableton with the help of his iPad. Carried away by the fervor of an audience in perfect osmosis, the duo flew higher and higher, eluding the borders between musical genres and giving a performance that has already gone down in The Space's history. A few months earlier, in Detroit, a similar sighting had been reported: a grand(iose, of course) piano had settled for a week amidst an impressive number of machines and a no less impressive number of records, virtually filling the studios of Planet E, Carl Craig's label. For it was precisely there, in that stronghold of Detroit techno, that Francesco Tristano had chosen to record Idiosynkrasia, his third solo album for InFiné. As the artist himself explains, "This record is the fruit of a quest for an idiosyncratic language that is somewhere between acoustic and electronic, a quest that spans time and space, and I want to bring the piano into the 21st century. My ambition is to provide the piano with a new identity, because it is often associated with classical music and viewed as an instrument of the past, while I genuinely see it as an instrument of the future." Fundamentally polychromatic, evolving ceaselessly from one mode to the next, Idiosynkrasia proves to be perfectly coherent and reveals an extra-large conception of music.