Vlek is proud to release an hour-and-a-half after clubbing organ piece by Maxime Denuc, interpreted by organist Cindy Castillo.
Digital HQ download: https://vlekrecords.bandcamp.com/album/solarium
Composed by: Maxime Denuc
Performed by: Cindy Castillo
Recorded by: Patrick Faubert
Mastered by: Frederic Alstadt
Solarium is an hour-and-a-half organ piece intended for ‘afters’, that period of slack that follows the frenzy of a techno-fuelled night. It leans on dawn’s emotional potency to interweave those in need of the curative benefits of organ frequencies to end the night with those in search of a new temporal encounter to begin the day.
Moulded by the tenets of rave culture, the piece upholds the freedom of its audience. Speakers subtly amplify the instrument in the nave of the church, where listeners wander, sit, stand or lie, to focus on the score or lose themselves in sound.
In an age of digitally enhanced musical overconsumption, fabricating new ways of listening to music together is a means of generating the unheard-of. Instead of a one-way ejection in the face of the public, Solarium spawns the frame of a collective experience that reclines on its braided threads, whether they be sonic, scenic, somatic or social.
Solarium came to life during an artistic residency at l’église du Gesu in Toulouse, France. It was performed live by Cindy Castillo and Maxime Denuc on Sunday morning 22/09/2019 at 10am, presented as an after party of the annual Festival ‘Électro Alternativ’. Special thanks to Regarts, Toulouse les Orgues, Gmea - Centre National de Création Musicale Albi-Tarn and la Mairie de Toulouse.
Maxime Denuc is an electronic music composer and producer. In 2006, he co-founded Plapla Pinky, a duo noted for their atypical approach to club music, somewhere between rave, baroque and contemporary music. They released several records and were invited to perform at numerous top-notch clubs and festivals around the globe.
As a solo artist, Maxime Denuc covers a broad musical spectrum, previous work “NL” strives to translate North Sea landscapes into noise, while Low stages the brittle nature of adolescence as a movie for three young trombonists. In addition to these activities, Maxime Denuc works with performing arts and also devotes himself to research. After obtaining a degree in musicology at Paris-IV, he graduated in 2019 with a master’s degree from EHESS Paris in “Theories and Practices of Language and Arts”, with a major in music.
High-spirited and uncompromising, talented and inspiring, Cindy Castillo has been raising her visibility on the international organ scene through distinctive programmes that explore the possible dialogues between the organ and other artistic expressions such as dance, video or electronic music. Her activities as a recitalist have led her from Tokyo to New York and many European countries, without neglecting Africa (Lubumbashi cathedral). Thus she has already played in the Bozar series and at the Ars Musica Festival (both in Brussels), at the Philharmonic Hall in Liège, the Festival de Sablé and the Festival Toulouse les orgues (both in France), as well as the Metropolitan Arts Center and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
Cindy Castillo is in touch with quite a few contemporary composers, leading to several albums and the award “Octave de la musique contemporaine” in 2015. In addition to her activities as a performer, Cindy Castillo can also count on five years experience as producer and host at Musiq3, the Francophone classical radio station in Belgium. She teaches the organ at the IMEP Graduate School of Arts (Namur) and she serves as titular organist at the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Brussels.