Meakusma Festival

01 – 04
September 2022
Eupen

Artist

Èlg et la Chimie

(Vlek, Three:Four – FR/BE)

Saturday

Since 2004, Laurent Gérard alias Èlg (Opéra MortOrgue Agnès) has never ceased to draw the sonic equivalent of concentric spirals and labyrinths made of cedars, brambles and guts. By constantly renewing his instrumentarium over the years, he has built improbable bridges between musique concrète and songwriting (Vu du DômeMauve Zone), diagonal spoken word and wormhole (Amiral Prose), electronic incantations in crypt and blob choirs (Mil PlutonLa Chimie). The language is sometimes francophone, sometimes reduced to an alien babble, invoking the old man, the madman, the child, the dusty revenant, the epileptic bard or the messenger of love.

In 2019 he began composing a series of sound paintings to illustrate multiple states of being, which constitute the album “Dans le Salon du Nous“, scheduled for release at the end of november 2021 on the Belgian label Vlek. He collaborated with his brother Mim on the production, and numerous collaborators across the tracks and the result is a stirring journey, whispered, sung and shouted flat on the stomach on the great slide that leads from birth to the Bardo. This experience lead to the formation of an ensemble to dig into this raw energy and redraw the contours of the record again and feel confident enough to present the most pop side of his fractal brain live. Èlg composes new songs with drawers and summons three mutant musicians whose imagination, personality and almost vegetal elasticity exceeded all expectations from the very first rehearsals. Èlg et La Chimie is a four-headed hydra chanting its poly-melodies in songs that clash like so many small galaxies giving birth to a new map of the pop sky.

Marie Nachury, a vertiginously versatile and ambidextrous musician, as comfortable in learned music orchestras (Furventthe Grand SbamArfi) as in sprawling rock bacchanals (Dur et Doux collective, Brice et sa Pute), sings, plays the bass with her left hand, the organ with her right and operates two marble flute pumps with her feet. She is an angel. She is a witch.  

Johann Mazé (France SauvageLord Rectangle) alias the man with 400 hands and 800 feet. His playing is a curious mixture of cold, hot, stiff, supple and incredibly organic. He can make any living thing dance and then sit down with a click. He even pulls custom-made electronic pads from his briefcase, built by a former NASA scientist.

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