You may not be immediately familiar with the name Yann Tiersen but you've probably heard some of his music, especially if you've any interest in European cinema. You'll have heard Tiersen's work in 2001's French worldwide sleeper smash and kook-fest 'Amélie', as well as in 2003 BAFTA- nominated German break-out hit 'Good Bye Lenin!'.
In fact, one of Yann Tiersen's compositions featured in both movies ("Comptine d'un autre été: L'après-midi", if you're taking notes). You'll have even heard it on BBC show 'The Apprentice' and, of course, in Brazilian soap opera 'Morde & Assopra'.
But Yann Tiersen is more than a soundtrack composer. He is a multi-instrumentalist and writer of avant-garde pop as well as more traditional compositions that stand comparison with the wonderful (if admittedly filmic) music of fellow Frenchman Erik Satie. He has released a half-dozen studio albums, the most recent of which was 2010's 'Dust Road', which he toured to the UK last year.
With a new record on the horizon, he has announced a handful of UK dates for autumn 2011, starting at the Camden Roundhouse on 20th October, then Brighton, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow before the final show at the Birmingham O2 Academy on 25th October.
Tickets for all dates (with the exception of Glasgow) are on sale now, priced £16 (£17 for London). Tickets for the Glasgow date go on sale at 3PM today (Friday 24th June).
Before then, you can catch him on Friday 15th July (along with The National, Paloma Faith, Bombay Bicycle Club etc) at Latitude 2011 - day (and weekend) tickets still available, costing £70 for just Friday - £170 for the whole weekend.