London-based French composer Angèle David-Guillou makes audacious music that explores the interaction between rhythm and melody, structure and emotion, permanence and change. Her work is one of incessant dialogue between these elements, creating hypnotic compositions whose mutable internal architecture and shifting melodic accentuations immediately draw the listener in, while constantly, almost imperceptibly, disorienting auditory perception. Informed by a rich and eclectic tapestry of cultural stimuli, including Philip Glass’s Glassworks, the music for movement of Thomas De Hartmann and George Ivanovich Gurdjieff, French and Spanish Baroque music, Sufi writings, Sumerian art and contemporary dance, the pieces on En Mouvement are the work of a reflective, intellectually engaged yet delightfully instinctive modern composer who has made the limitless mutability implied by the concept of ‘movement’ a thing of personal transformation and mesmeric musicality. With her second album of modern composition, Angèle David-Guillou’s career is palpably en movement, and, excitingly, it feels like the beginning of a long and thrillingly creative musical journey.
Inspired by the direct, elemental melodies of French folk and the flamboyant arrangements of European and Latin American Baroque music, Kourouma is hallmarked by a purity of expression, its almost nakedly immediate melodic lines as unsullied and affecting as those of Harold Budd or even Bill Evans at his most reflective.