Orchestre univers

3rd LP (2019)
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Orchestre univers

All tracks written and produced by Labelle

Transcription by Julien Vincenot

Conductor by Laurent Goossaert

Electronics by Labelle

Réunionese percussions by Vincent Philéas, David Abrousse

Classical percussions by Sophie Gallet, Frédéric Tonneau

String quartet (from KW Kwatyor) by Marc André Conry - violon, Eva Tasmadjian - violon, Kahina Zaïmen - alto, Christophe Boney - cello

Wood trio (from wind quintet the Mascareignes): Lucie Millet - Oboe, David Checot - Transverse flute & Alto flute, Denis Lapôtre - Clarinet & Bass clarinet

Guest : Prakash Sontakke (slide guitar)

Performed at TEAT Plein Air, St-Gilles, Réunion Island the 24th of March 2018.

Sound engineer : Lionel Mercier

Recorded by MDC Production

Pictures by Sébastien Marchal

Lighting design by Alexia Nguyen Thi

Mixed by Cesar Urbina (Cubenx)

Artwork by Kid Kreol & Boogie

Executive design by MTPC

Mastered by Zino @ Mikorey Mastering

Cutted by Andreas @Schnittstelle.ws

A&R by Alexandre Cazac

Published by InFiné éditions

iF1049 - ℗ & © 2019 InFiné

Thanks to the initiators Magali Palma and François Vigneron, The Region of Reunion. All the staff from CRR and ORR, The TEAT Réunion, The Cité des Arts, The Theatre Luc Donat

Supported by The Region Reunion.

Two years after “univers-île”, Labelle is back with a new project. And its a daring realization of a dream at that: the creation of his own orchestra, the Orchestre univers.

With the help of the Orchestre Regional de la Réunion, the producer opens a new chapter in the merging of classical and electronic music, and the heritage of Europe and the Indian Ocean. This third LP, composed especially for the Orchestre univers, was recorded live over the course of four concerts, performed at the four corners of the Réunion, in the island’s most beautiful concert halls. A sequence of breathless trancelike moments, Post-maloya and technological experiments, the album floats between tradition and modernity, like a sonic odyssey that is only the beginning of an ongoing saga...

Labelle was born in Rennes, Brittany, to a Réunionnais father who came to France in the 1970s, and a Metropolitan French mother. When Jérémy was a child, the family home was alive with a medley of musical styles and sensibilities: the music of the Indian Ocean, his amateur-musician father's séga, Jean-Michel Jarre's trippy synths (his mother's favorite), and the Detroit techno brought home by his brother.

As a teenager Labelle discovered maloya, a style of traditional Réunion music that dates back to the days of colonization – and slavery, and was banned for decades by a conservative and assimilationist government, which sought to erase the style's autonomist and secessionist roots. While training to mix the likes of Derrick May and Jeff Mills, Jérémy began making parallels between the politicized discourses of Underground Resistance and the issues brought forth by Réunionnais musicians, and between two musical movements that share a certain vision of trance and escapism.

A few years later, he widened his spectrum of personal musical knowledge by studying musicology "in a broad sense, ranging from ethnic music to jazz and contemporary music." While continuing to consider himself self- taught, he built up a solid theoretical background, become fluent in the rules of musical composition, a particularly valuable know-how when it comes to establishing a dialogue with classically-trained musicians and transcribing the music of his orchestra.

Prompted by his passion for the style’s three-part rhythm, Jérémy decided to move to La Réunion in 2011, as if out of an irrepressible need to come back home to his musical inspirations, but also his origins, in search of his identity in a world still steeped in the hangover of colonialism. It is on the Island, amid a vibrant patchwork of ethnicities and faiths, in the middle of the stifling flora, and bathed in the Indian Ocean’s varied musical heritage, that Jérémy would commit himself to composing full-time. In a way, the “Orchestre univers” story is also one of rebirth.

From the forty-or-so available musicians, Jérémy chose from a handful of instruments and twelve performers. He met with them individually, recording his interviews and taking careful notes in order to compose music that is both close to his expectations as a producer and takes advantage of each musician's skills, while remaining playable live.

Accompanied by the Orchestre univers, the guest conductor Laurent Goossaert and Indian guitarist Prakash Sontakke, the album revisits three titles from Labelle's discography and offers seven new ones, giving Labelle's music a new dimension, where all the producer's obsessions rush like free electrons released in the void of the galaxy.

Playing as much with space as with time, allowing for breathing spaces and moments of tension, telluric bursts as well as reveries, "Orchestre univers" is bringing Labelle's compositional work closer andcloser to that of American minimalists like Steve Reich and Terry Riley, while offering the concept of world music the most beautiful of renaissances.

Julien Gagnebien

"Cordes, clarinette, flûtes et percussions conversent ou se fondent avec les boucles, nappes, brumes et orages dessinés par Labelle"
Le Monde
"La Vie brings together the slide guitar, maloya rhythms and cues from Stravinsky to create hauntingly atmospheric washes of sound that perfectly evoke the intergalactic theme"
"Un brassage néoclassique délicat" Le Son du jour.
"Labelle défie la pesanteur et dessine les contours du futur de la musique de l'océan Indien" Album of the month.
Trax Magazine
"Labelle is clearly a very talented musician, composer and producer. His synthesis of modal harmonies and tribal rhythms is very reminiscent of the ‘Fourth World’ created by the venerable Jon Hassell"
Monolith Cocktail
"Labelle et son orchestre, un big bang planant"
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Gilles Peterson