ANGÈLE DAVID-GUILLOU ANNOUNCES ‘MOUVEMENTS ORGANIQUES’
INSPIRED BY PHILIP GLASS, ANDREI TARKOVSKY & SUMERIAN ART, THE FRENCH COMPOSER RELEASED SECOND ALBUM ‘EN MOUVEMENT’ IN OCTOBER VIA VILLAGE GREEN RECORDINGS
OUT NEXT MONTH, ‘MOUVEMENT ORGANIQUES’ IS SELECTION OF IT’S TRACKS BEAUTIFULLY REWORKED FOR ORGAN
Composer and musician Angèle David-Guillou has reworked for organ a selection of tracks from her mesmerising second album. Titled ‘Mouvements Organiques,’ these five pieces echo the ideas and motifs of it’s counterpart. Where ‘En Mouvement’ is often busy with the interlocking melodies and shifting rhythms that define its character, ‘Mouvements Organiques’ pares the music down to its essential qualities. ‘Vraisemblance’ has been transformed into three sprawling ambient pieces, ‘Mouvements Organiques’, parts I, II and III, drawing out its harmonic movement and expanding it almost beyond recognition. ‘En Mouvement’ and ‘Respiro’, meanwhile, retain much of their identity, yet take on new, restored forms in the hands of Angèle.
“Over the last couple of years I have been lucky enough to be invited to perform on the organ of the Union Chapel, including for Daylight Music and the first edition of the Organ Reframed festival in 2016. In fact, the first time I ever played compositions from ‘En Mouvement’ to an audience was on the Union Chapel organ. It was a revelation to hear that many of my pieces translated so naturally to the organ and so recording on this particular organ had been on the back of my mind since before ‘En Mouvement’ was finalised. Playing a church organ is another experience altogether to playing the piano. The touch is of course very different, the palette of sounds you can create using the different stops and keyboards is absolutely mind-blowing and something I want to discover more in the future. But to me, the most fascinating part is that you have to play to the room, to its specific reverberation, resonances and harmonics, you cannot just play to yourself. You have to listen to how the space organically responds to the sounds and rhythm you produce, how it modifies them too. It’s a wonderful dialogue which I tried to explore with Mouvements Organiques.”
Stream ‘En Mouvement’ here