In the spirit of “opposites attract”, the least-likely collaborations are often the most magical. With their single Free Together, Radio Radio’s Gabriel L.B. Malenfant (G.L.B.M.) and 17 year-old classical piano virtuoso Daniel Clarke Bouchard bridge the gap between classical and electronic genres. The result is a catchy, feel-good track.
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Daniel and Gabriel first met a couple of years ago at a TEDx conference in Montreal back in 2012. Daniel was looking to experiment outside of classical and jazz music. That’s exactly what we did, says Gabriel. If you’ve ever met Daniel, you know that he has a bigger-than-life personality who is bursting at the seams with energy. We’re both pretty passionate about what we do so the collab was great.
Free Together has an upbeat, uplifting feel and showcases Malenfant’s ease in mixing African and electro rhythms while Bouchard add his smooth piano and synth lines, seamlessly combining two musical universes into one new sound. Bouchard has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, performed at Carnegie Hall and jammed with his mentor Olivier Jones (all of this before the age of 12).
Free Together was produced by G.L.B.M (Gabriel L.B. Malenfant), who also wrote verses in French and English. When describing the theme of the cheerful song, Gabriel explains that in a moment in history when we hear more about walls than bridges, I think it’s important to remind ourselves that there are infinitely more similarities that unite use than differences that divide us. Music is a great testimony of this.
The visual for Free Together was created by Farah Allegue, illustrator at Romeo et Fils.