At a very young age, François would escape into his imagination, going beyond the limits of time and place. When he picked up his first guitar at the age of 11, a musical connection was born. He had found his path: Music became a life project, a vital relationship, something through which he wanted to travel and explore. Inspired by the artistic community in Montreal, François moved there when he was around 20, determined to pursue his ambition. He perfected his art in the company of Leonardo de Luca, and never missed a chance to go on stage to live his passion and share it with other musicians. It is out of this experience that he wrote and composed L'Évasion. L'Évasion is the mirror of craziness, the desire to be free, a voyage inside. François doesn't try to follow influences from pop, but rather seeks a musical tonality able to transmit the essence of his poetic texts. With this as a goal, he doesn't hesitate to bring out the personal character of his compositions by borrowing from different musical genres. L'Évasion has a World Progressive tone, and combines Jamaican rhythms, a Louisiana feeling, as well as Brazilian bossa nova with a base that is undeniably rock. To stimulate his eclectic universe, François surrounds himself with brilliant musicians from diverse backgrounds: Louis Divaret on percussion and Matthieu Cavey on drums give the music it's groove; Leonardo de Luca, producer of the album, plays guitar; Mounia Sahara Ezzahar, keyboardist, joins Fançois on vocals with his intense, warm voice; and Patrick Mainville's guitar playing lends it's style to the group. François underscores all of it with solid and melodic bass lines. L'Évasion got it's start in the studio of Goran Petrovic, and thanks to the alchemist talent of Leonardo de Luca, the album achieved the desired rich sound. The choice of instruments, amplifiers and mikes was carefully considered in order to capture the distinctive character of François's music. Bryan Martin in New York was responsible for the mastering. L'Évasion is an album that you get to know gradually; you start to hear it's real meaning by taking the time to listen to it.
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