[LN028] Chloé & Vassilena Serafimova's SEQUENZA, LP [Lumière Noire Records]
From the press-release:
“Musical love at first sight” is one way to describe the genesis of the duo formed by Chloé and Vassilena Serafimova. An impromptu meeting that has since turned into a lasting collaboration, culminating in the release of their first joint album this fall after four years of on-stage and in-studio complicity.
Chloé and Vassilena Serafimova met in 2017, through Sourdoreille – a cooperative of journalists and videographers who share a love of contemporary music – who invited them to take part in their electro-acoustic live series Variations. After an artist’s residency at Xavier Veilhan's Studio Venezia during the Venice Biennale 2017, they decided to extend the experience and continue facilitating a dialogue between the marimba’s suave tones and the effervescence of machines.
Photo on courtesy of Lumière Noire Records
Their first album together 'SEQUENZA' is the fruit of a harmonious collision between two worlds that usually remain at a distance from each other: that of electronic music, generally associated with the chiaroscuro of clubs, and of art music, which usually basks in the light of prestigious concert halls. But while mixing genres is often a perilous exercise, in this case it makes for one that is as soothing as it is melodious.
Chloé Thévenin is an electronic music producer and composer, known for Je ne suis pas un salaud (2015), Paris la blanche (2017) and Arthur Rambo (2021). She has released several solo works and collaborations (such as `Sequenza' with Bulgarian percussionist Vassilena Serafimova) and composes music for film and dance productions. Chloé is also an internationally touring DJ and founder of Lumière Noire Records.
Vassilena Serafimova is a Bulgarian percussionist and composer. Among several awards, she received the Grand Prix of the 10th International Competition Music & Earth as a soloist as well as the First Prize as a member of the Percussion Ensemble Accent. Vassilena Serafimova released music on Deutsche Grammophon and runs the International Marimba and Percussion Festival in Bulgaria.
Photo by Alexandre Guirkinger