Wrangelkiez is proud to present the debut album of Cigùri “Mare Nostrum” an electronic LP where the warm acoustic brass embraces the torment of a dark pop. Half way between the sharp and epic symphonic arrangements and the simplicity of a piano voice, Mare Nostrum fluctuates with the melancholic lyrism of Cocorosi and the battle field determination of Kate Bush.
Cigùri is an independent multi talented artist, originally from the Mediterranean city of Marseilles where she was excelling in the fashion industry as a collection conceptor. The album was named after the antique roman appellation for the mediterranean sea. While moving to Berlin, Alice fully takes on her music path to embody the fictional character Cigùri an amazon figure, a widow and a fighter who is crossing through tribal ancient world to hunt stories in the next one.
Moving on and passing through lifes while changing costume, Cigùri as achieved a remarquable production with a very ambitious debut album where electronic and accoustic are blent to create a unique wicked universe.
WHAT WAS THE IMPULSE TO WRITE ABOUT THE SEA? DO YOU MISS MARSEILLE?
Translated from the Latin phrase, « Mare Nostrum » means « Our Sea », the Romans used to call the Mediterranean Sea like this. This album is a tribute to it. In fact, I moved to Berlin a bit more than 4 years ago, and as much as this city is amazing and filled with great people, the Mediterranean Sea always takes me back to the South of France where I grew up. It is when I am underwater, in the deep dark blue, that I feel the most complete. Cigùri definitively takes her roots from there.
HOW DID YOU COLLABORATE WITH MUSICIANS ON THIS ALBUM,IT WAS A QUITE LONG PROCESS?
I started working on this album 2 years ago and I needed to produce everything on my own as I had a very precise idea of how I wanted my music to sound like.
In the last 6 months, I’ve asked a talented and skilled friend Mathieu Pé to join and help me. He is a trumpet and brass player, but also one of the leaders of the Dub acoustic band ‘Braintheft’. Together we recorded all the brass, cello and double bass, and then proceeded to the end of the production and mixing of the album. Then I gave all we had produced to Alexandre Hasson, my sound engineer… he’s a magician. He mixed all my voices and did the mastering. He’s always the one who closes the door at the end of my projects as I am way too perfectionist!
WHAT IS ON YOUR IPOD?
The last albums I’ve been listening to repeatedly are: the forthcoming album of aMinus called ‘Option’, ‘Pain and Beauty’ from Chelsea Wolfe, ‘From now I am winter’ from Ólafur Arnalds, and also to the original soundtrack of a Bollywood movie I saw a week ago called ‘Ram Leela’.
WHAT IS APPEALING TO YOU IN BERLIN?
The greyness, the snow, the art and music scene, the chance to make my solo project, my nest, my new music studio, loneliness and of course my chosen family of great friends, which I feel very lucky to have.
YOU ARE USED TO TRAVEL THROUGH TIME, IF YOU COULD WRITE A SONG WITH AN ARTIST FROM ANY TIME?
Without hesitation (even if he’s not dead yet, but I’m pretty sure we won’t have time to meet…and if not, then I’d be glad to offer you all Champagne): Arvo Pärt, the Estonian compositor.
CIGURI IS A CHARACTER YOU EMBOBY EACH TIME YOU WEAR HER COSTUME, IS SHE MORE LIKE A GHOST OR A LITTLE SISTER?
Cigùri is the ghost who carries all my sorrows and secrets. Through her, I can express and live my darker sides. I guess that’s why composing or giving live shows is always very intense for me, as I’m healing myself from my pains – like many other musicians I guess.
YOU ARE INVOLVED IN ART PROJECTS AS WELL WHERE YOU TRANSFORM THROUGH YOUR COSTUME, IS IT A BIT LIKE DRAGGING?
Life is always about dying and being reborn. And Cigùri can live a lot of different lives. She can be anyone whenever she wants it, she just needs to wear a new costume, write a new song, and there: a new story begins.
I’ve always needed to think about a vision of someone new in order to draw a new costume or design a new collection of clothes. I just can’t express myself without a whole visual universe surrounding me.
Autopoiesis was a collaboration with Ludovic Alussi (The photograph that I’m working with since the very beginning, he designed the Mare Nostrum picture series) and EGGON (Metal sculptor), the project constitutes one of the interpretation of Cigùri’s many lives
DO YOU LIKE THE WORK OF LEIGH BOWERY? HE IS FAMOUS FOR NOT LEAVING HIS HOME UNTIL HE FINISHED A NEW COSTUME? IS IT AN INSPIRATION?
Leigh Bowery did a very impressive work indeed. But even if I’m almost always wearing feathers or a necklace made out of one of Cigùri’s costumes, it always remains very discrete.I like to be Alice in daily life, while Cigùri rests in my dreams.
WHAT IS CIGURI FIGHTING FOR?
Cigùri is a dead warrior coming from a secret tribe. She’s fighting for her life, many lives: a full time job. She never rests.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE NEXT LIFE?
I believe life is always about being reborn, and one never knows what one will become, neither does Cigùri.
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