With no less than 68 albums published on Jamendo, French piano player Serge Robinson is our official record holder in terms of sheer quantity of music. Who is this guy, you ask. Ask no more, here is his story.
A 40-something computer engineer living in the Paris area, Serge Robinson was born in Madagascar. When asked about his musical background, he cites his protestant upbringing and many sundays spent singing in church. Nowadays though, his musicality is channeled through improvisation at the piano. Many, many hours of it. “I realised music enabled me to experience certain fundamental things and to get into a comfortable psychological state. Put simply, music allows me to live better.”
Most of Serge’s albums are made of half-hour long chunks of jazzy, relaxed piano musings. If you’re looking for catchy, top 40-ready hooks, his music is definitely not for you. Serge, on the other hand, couldn’t be happier. “I play when I feel certain emotions and just let myself go. At the same time, I’m practicing, so it’s two birds with the same stone. I found I often end up with long phrases that last about 30 minutes. After that, I need a respiration to find new breath.”
The 68 albums of Serge Robinson were recorded over the last two years only. And he’s still at it! Every morning, before setting off to a day’s work of Linux programming, he gets up early and sits at his piano, “to start the day with something that makes me feel good”. Being a free culture enthusiast, he naturally turned to Jamendo to publish his albums. “I fundamentally enjoy the idea of sharing the riches of humanity with the greater number.” So look out for more Serge Robinson albums coming shortly. He’s in no danger of losing his record holder title anytime soon.