Credit Benoit Peverelli
Interview of Michel Leeb in the heart of his adopted Provence. Since he moved to the Luberon, our passionate jazz artist can not imagine living elsewhere.
Michel Leeb has opened the doors of his property in the Luberon, his secret paradise. It is there that he disconnects and escapes from the capital as soon as he can. Contemplative, he can stay for hours watching the landscapes of the little Luberon.
But if he likes to take refuge here, it is precisely because he can work in the best conditions to learn his texts, to prepare his albums, to write, to compose, to repeat, to scream, to sing ... and especially to receive his friends. He and his wife have restored an old sheepfold that they have enlarged and converted by creating breakthroughs in stone. Thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on different points of view, nature is omnipresent. They managed to create a contemporary atmosphere avoiding the temptation of the whole of Provence and the ultra contemporary. Private tour ... in music!
Credit Benoit Peverelli
Your favorite room where you like to be and spend time?
Michel Leeb: My desk. This is a great room with my musical instruments, my piano on which he must see more than 2,000 pictures spread out that can be seen in all directions ... The walls are also covered with photos. I keep here my 40 years of career: objects, movies, TV shows, records. Everything is classified and listed. There are between 5 to 6,000 photos of my children because I am attached to the family and I like to watch all that. It's an intimate place - a small museum - where I work, I watch movies, I write ... but that remains open to everyone, my friends, my family.
The piano covered with thousands of photos
Your furniture: family, modern, pitcher, ultra design?
Michel Leeb: The furniture is rather contemporary but not ultra design; We especially wanted to avoid falling into the trap of decorating with Provencal furniture! It's a mix that suits us. It is also mostly me who took care of decoration and Beatrice managed all the work upstream because I was touring or filming.
The most unusual or unexpected that can be discovered at home?
Michel Leeb: An amazing sculpture that is in the huge living room; it was done by one of my friends, Michel Loeb, who is a painter and sculptor. He imagined a tree all white and on the branches, he posed birds - found in antique shops - he painted all the colors. It turns on and off with a dimmer. I find this work very poetic. She immediately catches the eye. Another surprising and beautiful piece, always in the living room: a monumental fireplace which is the meeting place during the winter and can be found at fifteen.
The Bird Tree, artwork by artist Michel Loeb
An object or piece of furniture that you could not separate?
Michel Leeb: Spontaneously, I would say my piano but I have too many objects related to specific moments of my life and to which I am attached. I would have a hard time getting rid of it ... I admit to being very materialistic.
And what do you miss most when you're on tour?
Michel Leeb: My children, my wife.
Your favorite color in your home?
Michel Leeb: The White. And soft colors: cream, beige, light brown, taupe.
The kitchen, rather open or closed?
Michel Leeb: It's a room apart. Mid-rustic, mid-modern style, it is organized with a large central worktop around which one circulates, and an old oval table in front of the fireplace. In the winter, we dine in the kitchen and in the summer, as it gives onto a large patio itself shared by a canopy covered wisteria, we take our meals outside both sheltered from the sun at noon, and humidity in the evening.
A dish unexpectedly on the go for your friends? Your specialty?
Michel Leeb: Eggs shell: it's my specialty! I also make spaghetti Neapolitan because I love it. I hold the recipe of my mother who is Italian who has passed it on to my wife. Recently, I made a box with a morel risotto.
And the TV, which room?
Michel Leeb: There is a TV in each room and a room reserved for the cinema with projection with a ton of cassettes and DVDs ... enough to survive in case of major conflict!
Do you live with music or rather in silence?
Michel Leeb: In music, everywhere and all the time. The classic is well suited to this universe. But in my office, I listen to jazz.
Rather candle or rather perfume of atmosphere?
Michel Leeb: Here, especially in spring and summer, the scents of nature are enough and I do not need candles. And in winter, it smells like firewood!
What is on your bedside table?
Michel Leeb: A large bedside lamp and books. When I'm here, I have time to read. Essays especially, at this moment, I read "Surrender to live" of Sylvain Tesson and the last Jean d'Ormesson, that I read all the time ...
Do you dream of one more room? If so, for what purpose?
Michel Leeb: I am lucky to have realized my ideal home.
Rather orderly or messy?
Michel Leeb: I am extremely manic: I hate the brothel. My desk is so tidy and each object must stay in its place. But sometimes, it happens to me to make my small changes and there, it is thus necessary to respect the new assigned place!
Are you green plants, flowers, balcony, terrace, garden?
Michel Leeb: With Beatrice, we are passionate about the garden and very concerned about the choice of this or that tree, plant ... We make sure that everything is well cut and pleasing to the eye, without for it to be a garden too to the Ours. There must be olive trees, and then loquats, cypresses, boxwood ... lavender and various plants whose names escape me. It is very thoughtful and provided, and at the same time, it gives an impression of naturalness.
Your addresses or favorite brands for the home?
Michel Leeb: In the area, I recommend the Mas de Curebourg in Lagnes (04.90.20.30.06), the shops of Coustellet and finally the antique shops in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue.
Michel Leeb's news:
- His CD "Repères" (Universal Music Classics & Jazz) released on February 24, 2014: the whole story of his passion for jazz through the classics of the 60s and 70s he revisits, enhanced by the arrangements of Pierre Bertrand.
Album Repères Michel Leeb
Classics and Jazz, Universal Music France
- L'Oppède Festival (18-19-20 July 2014): For 18 years, Michel Leeb has been raising funds for the restoration of the Chapel of Oppède-le-Vieux in the Vaucluse, by bringing in artists who come to sing voluntarily as Maxime Le Forestier, Francis Huster ...