BüzE Grosser Saal
Since 2013, QuinzeQuinze has been shaping their own "climatic" music, for lack of an existing category adapted to encompass the inconsistent nature of their creative approach. Today, Ennio, Julia, Marvin, Robin and Tsi Min go down a little deeper into the volcanic well from which emerges the flaming power of their musical, visual and narrative triptych. It’s from this same incandescence they have drawn the energy needed for the creation of this new project entitled VĀRUA EP.
Vārua, which means soul or spirit in Tahitian, was an illuminated choice: the notion, which is deeply anchored in thePolynesian heritage (that two membersof the bandshare), gives the entire project its raison d’être.
The same Vārua is also the root of the word Vārua'ino, designating both evil spirits and celestial phenomena (thunder, rain, meteorites and rainbows), then shedding a new light on the true essence of this new EP.
Its changing nature naturally encourages the connection between the tracks and the variety of genres they conjure. Here, one can sense the presence of the Southern and Northern American, Caribbean, Afro-Portuguese, or English scenes. And there, one can hear R&B, trip-hopalong with experimental electronics or dancehall sonorities. The whole project articulates itself around a DNA formed by traditional percussive instruments (to'ere, steel drum), Ori deck, bravado carried by the young Tahitian underground scene and ancestral ōrero (Polynesian oratory art).
VĀRUA is a cybernetic hybrid of anticipatory sci-fi and folk legends around which its diverse instrumentals intertwine. An accessible and adaptable orchestration replaces classic structures/choruses and weaves with the narrative, as simply as our maps and beliefs allow us to connect celestial movements.
Often swaying between stellar coherence and astral wandering, the seven tracks of the EP and their vārua dive into different mental spaces - the stream of collective consciousness crosses paths with bruised memory ("Te Tiare"), the melancholy felt at theend of a life cycle merges with the ecstatic emptiness of the subconscious ("Le Bleu"), the sadness arising from the loss of a dear friend or the frustration created by the lack of inspiration contrasts with the emergence of hope ("Le Soleil", "Muse"). Just like the existential crisis undergone by artificial intelligence on"Les Restes", VĀRUA highlights personal feelings and paradoxes which make for the backbone of human experience.
The concert is part of the funding project "c/o pop 2023 musichubgermany" and is supported by the Initiative Musik gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft GmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.