Jazz and drawing have always been the two passions and means of expression for CHRISTOPHE LIER. After studying engineering, he decided to dedicate himself to jazz piano, having already studied with the great masters for several years. He soon ended up in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Beijing), where he spent more than twenty years. During this time he was at the center of a number of musical projects, composing and playing in clubs and festivals. He taught both Jazz Orchestration and Arrangements at the Beijing Contemporary Institute. The work that he presented at the Marciac Jazz Festival was very successful amongst jazz lovers. Since his childhood he has seized every opportunity to sketch scenes from his surrounding environment, trying to capture the present moment. Over time, he has built up a large collection of drawings revealing some of the emotions and unique situations he has experienced, some of which have already been exhibited in Paris, London, Shanghai, Tokyo and New York.
Asia based freelance writer and guitarist ROBIN LYNAM writes for a range of publications on the arts-especially jazz-travel, and food and drink. Feeling the the text of the original French version of this book was essentially untranslatable, Christophe Lier asked Robin to produce new verbal sketches to partner the drawings. This he has tried to do, responding to the images, and using a combination of his own words and those of the musicians, their peers and contemporaries.