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A HISTORIC MOMENT.
A CONNECTED EXPERIENCE.


It all started on the 21st October 1801.

Louis Delgrès, a colonel in the French army, lead the rebellion in Guadeloupe alongside Joseph Ignace, against General Richepance and his troops, sent by Napoleon to reinstate slavery on the island. « Live Free or Die ! » was Delgrès' rallying cry, that he and his 300 men bravely and tragically lived up to six months later, in May 1802, by making the ultimate sacrifice rather than surrender and become slaves again.

This motto is key to understand the intensity of the battle at the time, as well as the selfless stakes of their sacrifice for humanity and future generations.

The project


Unicum Music, a French music label with longstanding expertise in the digital field, has spearheaded the release of a connected vinyl with museum Mémorial ACTe in Guadeloupe, to honour the victims of slavery by creating an interactive experience at the crossroads of various artistic forms, technology and an institution.

The project’s starting point is « L’Histoire en Marche » (‘History Marching’), one of plastic artist from Guadeloupe Shuck One’s works exposed in the Mémorial ACTe since its inauguration by French President François Hollande in 2015. His work is part of the museum’s permanent collection, as well as its very own sound illustration « Mémorial ACTe I & II », composed by composer Maxime Lenik and performed by violonist Yorrick Troman.

Mémorial ACTe in Guadeloupe is a site dedicated to the collective memory of slavery and the slave trade, as well as a research center trying to bring together all the components of the French population around its shared history and past, to focus on their quest to understanding what freemdom, all freedoms, and living together as a functional society mean.

Shuck One’s installation « L’Histoire en Marche » specifically addresses a long hidden episode of French History : the battle of Joseph Ignace, Louis Delgrès, Solitude and their fellow fighters against the napoleonic troups that came to reinstate slavery on the island in 1801 and from which came out the cry that still resonates to this day : « Live Free or Die ! ».


The question at the heart of it all is that of the Slave Trade and its impact on the collective memory today.

Two dates punctuate this particular moment in History :

May 27th and October 21st.

May 27th

1848

Abolition of slavery in Guadeloupe

 A major milestone after many years of turmoil and suffering

2008

Mémorial ACTe’s first stone is set

The building is dedicated to Caribean art forms studying the collective memory of slavery and the slave trade

2017

“Mémorial ACTe I & II” Digital release

 The musical composition by Maxime Lenik illustrating Shuck One’s “L’Histoire en Marche” installation is finally available to all online

2018

“Mémorial ACTe I & II” Physical release

 The connected vinyl is released. It is the 2nd project in the world ever.

October 21st

1801

Start of the insurrection

Louis Delgrès, Joseph Ignace and their compagnons rise against General Richepance and his troops, sent by Napoleon to reinstate slavery in Guadeloupe

2017

Launch of vivrelibreoumourir.fr

The website dedicated to the highlighting what happened 116 years before  (French version)

2019

Anniversary event in Guadeloupe

Event planned in Guadeloupe to commemorate Louis Delgres and his men’s sacrifice

Why this project matters


"Symbols and heroes matter.

Even if they went silent long ago, Art calls them again to give them back their voice, as well as everything that was denied them in violence and oppression : humanity, dignity, freedom.

Here, Shuck One’s street art, Maxime Lenik’s music and vital institution Memorial ACTe join forces, echoing each other, not only intimately linked but publicly inseparable.

Symbols, again.

We must honour those who fought.

Each and every one of them, whichever their weapons.

Shuck One used his hands and paint to recreate the scene. Maxime Lenik, with whom he collaborated, his ears to compose the soundscape of this battle.

The artistic tribute is sincere and noble in every sense. 

I firmly believe in promoting music that is both moving and thought-provoking.

This project is for the long haul, built upon this multi-faceted work for a cause of evergreen modernity.

Despite the strong sense of pride associated to launching the label with this unique release, this moment in History’s gravity and past injustices remain.

For too long, the oppressor’s descendants’ feelings of guilt were such that consciences were locked out and deaf to the insistent cries of “Live Free or Die !”.

It is high time these stories were told.

And set us all free.”


-Emily Gonneau
Founder of Unicum Music

"L'HISTOIRE EN MARCHE…"
BY SHUCK ONE

Acoustic and visual art installation 

"Spray, acrylic, collage and module on concrete"

4M X 8M

"Mémorial ACTe I & II"

Composed by Maxime Lenik & performed by Yorrick Troman.

The composition is sublimed by the composer’s magic touch on the recording which was produced and mixed by the great Philippe Laffont, with the help of Maxime Lefèvre at Claudia Sound Studio.
The recording showcases violinist Yorrick Troman’s unique performance and sensibility.
LISTEN

About the musical composition 


"Concerto for solo instrument with band.

A solo organic instrument is accompanied and mixed with a virtual orchestra and synthetic sounds.

The work is composed of two main parts, each divided into sub-parts. A five-note theme declined and orchestrated, infused with (but not only) influences of African music.

The score contains many technical subtleties such as a series of rapid pizzicato (pinching with the fingers), very subtle tonal variations and improvised passages that were then re-orchestrated in a quest for other colours and sounds.

The music summarily transcribes the timeline of events that Shuck One’s own work pays tribute to.

At first, we are on a peaceful island where the tranquillity is shattered by the arrival of Napoleonic troups.

The inhabitants resist and chaos ensues. As the onslaught progresses, they realise they are losing, little by little.

The violin played arco (with the bow) appears as the witness of the desolate scenes left by the battle, lost in the name of Freedom."


- Maxime Lenik
Composer of "Mémorial ACTe I & II"

The Connected Vinyl

How does it work ?

The vinyl is like any other vinyl that you play on a standard turntable, except you can scan it with a smartphone (even through the album cover) and the NFC technology will open an app (Revive) with exclusive content.

Thanks to the vinyl, anyone will now be able to remotely explore the work exposed whichever country they live in. The connected vinyl is a technological innovation that was developed and patented by Yes It Is, a French start-up, in partnership with MPO, the historic vinyl manufacturer in France.

Vinyl Artwork
Vinyl backcover & Tracklist

Connected Vinyl

12" Limited Edition

Available here

Connected Vinyl & Tote Bag

12" Limited Edition & Tote Bag

Available here

Tote Bag

Limited Edition

Available here

The Mémorial ACTe in Guadeloupe

The Mémorial ACTe was inaugurated by the French President in May 2015, as the Caribbean centre for expression and memory of the slave trade and slavery, also offers architectural features unique to the Caribbean region.

It is built on the premises of the former Darboussier sugar factory. In a 1700 m² space, the Mémorial ACTe’s permanent exhibition takes visitors through the history of slavery, from ancient times to modern day. The exhibit comprises 37 didactic modules called “islands”, grouped into 6 “archipelagos” and a gallery of illustrious portraits marking the history of slavery and struggles for freedom.
MEMORIAL ACTe WEBSITE

Shuck One

Plastician & Street Artist


His first visual memories of graffiti can be traced to the freedom fighters in the Antilles. Upon his arrival to Paris, this initially visually shocking experience caused him to reflect on graffiti’s Parisian modus operandi. Why did it appear in Paris, and how was it being used? In terms of his graffiti involvement, from that moment on, things happened quickly.

An Activist at the forefront of the Hip-Hop movement, he claimed its ideology as a continuity of his own experiences, past and present. Shuck, a Parisian underground writer of the Eighties with a powerful and aggressive tag, has been, for a long time, a powerful pulse that dominated the subway arteries, either alone or with his crew DCM.

He left behind mural prints in a city boiling with the emergence of Hip-Hop. During this period of dynamic creativity, he founded Basalt, a collective of authentic graffiti artists, a group who wanted to ensure that their work would be done across borders. In 1995, Basalt was dissolved and the relationship between Shuck and the movement Hip-Hop shifted directions.

Shuck acquired an increasingly militant philosophy nourished by his mixed background, that evolved into a progressive view about the role of graffiti in effecting emancipation. He invented the “graffic artism”, developing his work on canvas with what he called a graffic resonance, which expressed the soul of graffiti. He created abstractions–suspended bodies and objects not clearly defined– that never lost the sensibility of the street.

He has been aggressive with color, with stimulating the sensibilities, and with painting and writing themes and events that cause him alarm, including natural disaster and economic injustice. In his work emerges spontaneity, the spirit of vindication, and rhythmic vibrations that arise from contemporary African American music.

Shuck reconciles in his material this spirit and color, in the hopes of escaping the oppressions and indifferent systems that exist in contemporary society.
-Enrick Weissman. 


Maxime Lenik

Composer & Musician


This French musician of Asian and Slav roots wrote and performed his first original compositions at age 10 before taking up drums and percussion studies when he was 14 years old. Maxime graduated from the prestigious Paris and Versailles music conservatories under the tutelage of esteemed musicians such as Lionel Postollec and Sylvio Gualda (Paris Opera Orchestra) and Frederic Macarez (Paris Orchestra timpani soloist).

In 2002, he recorded the world première of the modern rendition of Nicole Philba's “Nuées Ardentes” (1937) for bassoon, strings and percussion with Trio Joachim from Paris Opera Orchestra, directed by Jean-François Verdier. At the same time, he studied music analysis and composition studies under Solange Ancona and in 2004 performed his composition "Ia-V" for vibraphone and tape at the International Percussion Festival (Journees de la Percussion) at the Paris Superior Conservatory.

Maxime joined the French Air Force Brass Band in 2004 as a percussionist, performing in the great halls of Europe, including at the Theatre du Chatelet and the Palais du Congres in Paris, the Kremlin in Moscow and the Budapest Opera. Outside the Brass Band, he has many performances to his credit, including engagements with Pasdeloup Orchestra (Mogador Theater), the Paris Symphonieta, and the Ostinato Orchestra for the Festival Classique au Vert.

In between tour dates, Maxime continued to broaden his repertoire with studies in jazz composition and arrangement alongside Marc Bercowitz and Frank Tortiller. He played with jazz musicians such as saxophonist Eric Prost and pop/world singer Sapho (EMI). He then progressed to studio recordings and collaborations with OxmoPuccino, Nuttea, DJ Sek and DJ Michael Canitrot. In 2005, he decided to further broaden his musical horizon and headed to Shanghai to perform on drums and live electronic music in the city’s throbbing club scene. He has since played alongside local artists such as Coco Zhao and Ben Huang.

Sought out by Universal Music China in 2008, he toured with Sa Dingding (BBC World Music Award winner) in Europe playing at the ICA (London), KKL (Luzern), WOMAD Festival (Canary Islands) and at Babylon Mitte (Berlin). Following a meeting with Shanghai guitar hero Hassan and bass player Jeremi Lasri, Maxime founded folk rock band Weghur in 2006. In 2009, Weghur represented Shanghai in the Chinese final of the Global Battle Of Bands, an international rock band competition, in Hong Kong. After the tour they recorded their 1st EP "Wild Ride", toured across China and released their first EP. In 2012, Maxime moved to Singapore and focused on music production and composition. He collaborated with Danish pop star Sanne Gottlieb/Sunny (Warner). He also scouts and produces emerging local talents such as Fiona Fussi.

As a composer, Xeum has written music for TV commercials in France (Weight Watchers), China (Castel Wines and the city of Hangzhou) and Singapore (Men's Fashion Week). He has also produced music for fashion shows and events for global brands like Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels, Trussardi, Shanghai Tang, Ermenegildo Zegna, Piombo, Nike, and Leviʼs. In 2015 Maxime Lenik is back to Paris, besides his commercial work for well-known brands such as Cartier or Vichy, he focuses his work on new forms of collaboration.

Following the meeting with Shuck One in 2013, Maxime composed a violin concerto (Memorial Acte I & II) which is part of the permanent installation by Shuck One commissioned by the Memorial ACTe Museum in Guadaloupe. In 2018, for the release of the ‘Vivre Libre ou Mourir’ connected vinyl project on Unicum Music, the concerto was performed live for the first time ever, featuring Yorrick Troman on the violin at the UNECO in Paris. 


Yorrick Troman

Violinist


Born in Paris in a family of Baroque musicians, Yorrick Troman started playing the violin aged 4. He studied in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon with prof. Boris Garlitzky, graduated in 2002 with the highest award ( Mention Très Bien ), then studied with prof. Itzhak Shuldman in the Norgemusikhøgskole, Oslo, Norway. Later on, he studied at the Academie de Saintes (Philippe Herreweghe) and followed clases with Emile Cantor ( Orfeus Quartet ) and Joseph Swensen.

Always attracted by the musical diversity, he stepped many times on stage with pop, rock and folkmusic bands, among others as guitarist of the trio Nomad Lib’ (2nd Prize in the Fnapec Chamber Music Competition, Paris 2003, and 1rst Prize in the Torneo Internazionale de Musica, Roma 2004), and in 2015 with flamenco artists Fuensanta La Moneta and Luis Mariano.

In 2004 Yorrick has been teaching the violin in the conservatoire du VIe arrondissement de Paris, but turned his interest to the orchestra world. He started in 2005 with the chair of Second violin Leader in the Copenhagen Philharmonic, Denmark. From there on he moved to 2nd Concertmaster of Århus Symfoniorkester (Denmark), Leader of Second violins of the Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra (Belgium), from 2010 Concertmaster of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (Spain).

With the OCG he has developed his function playing as a soloist, conductor, and teaching in the chamber music academy of the orchestra. Since 2015 he became First Concertmaster of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Navarra (Spain) Yorrick Troman has played in various festivals and projects, with partners and friends like Yann Dubost, Olivier Marron, Roland Pidoux, Pierre Fouchenneret, Elissa Cassini, and of course his brother Daniel with the eclectic trio Les Tromano, and take part regularly in the sessions with Les Dissonances (David Grimal) or Le Concert Olympique (Jan Caeyers).

In 2014 he has been invited as assistant teacher of Joseph Swensen in his summer academy in Vermont (United States). In 2017 he is invited to teach the orchestral repertoire to the Orquesta Joven de Andalucia, and since 2016 the Spanish Association of Violinists (ASESVI) made him Honorary Member. He has been teaching violin orchestra repertoire at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain) since 2018.


Emily Gonneau

Label Founder and Director


French-British Emily Gonneau graduated from SciencesPo Paris after earning a BA in History at the Sorbonne.

She started her music industry career at EMI (London then Paris) and left to start Unicum Music, her own label, artist management and publishing company.

She is also the co-founder and Director of Nüagency, a music-centric digital strategy agency, and an expert for JUMP, the European Music Market Accelerator Programme.

She recently launched La Nouvelle Onde, a MaMA-partenered programme aimed at identifying and promoting the next generation of the music business professionals.

Emily Gonneau is also an Associate Professor at Paris Sorbonne University, where she has been teaching a variety of Music Business courses since 2013, and the author of « L’Artiste le Numérique et la Musique » (Surviving the Internet Jungle as an Artist), IRMA (2nd edition, 2019).


In the media

Streep / Web
2019

READ THE INTERVIEW

Shuck One is interviewed about the importance of what happened in 1801.

LVST / Web
2018

READ THE INTERVIEW

Describe the picture or give more information

RFI "En Sol Majeur" / Radio
2018

LISTEN TO THE SHOW

Chantal Ahounou was Yasmine Chouaki's guest on her "En Sol Majeur" show.

RFI "En sol majeur" / Radio
2018

LISTEN TO THE SHOW

Shuck One was Yasmine Chouaki's guest on her "En Sol Majeur" show.

Afroculture / Web
2018

READ THE ARTICLE

British webzine Afroculture was at our UNESCO event on June 8th and reports.

Nofi / Web
2018

READ THE ARTICLE

The connected vinyl was presented in the media for the first time.

France Ô "Les témoins d'Outre-Mer" / TV
2018

WATCH THE TV SHOW

The connected vinyl was recommended by TV presenter Elizabeth Tchoungui in her "Culture Selection".

RFI "Couleurs tropicales" / Radio
2018

LISTEN TO THE REPLAY

Shuck One was interviewed by Claudy Siar on his "Couleurs Tropicales" show.

BET "BET Buzz" / TV
2018

WATCH THE SHOW

Shuck One was invited to present the "Live Free or Die" project on BET Buzz.

RFI / Radio
2018

ARTICLE & REPLAY HERE

Carmen Lunsmann interviewed Emily Gonneau about the meaning of the project & the connected vinyl.

Africa n°1 "Ambiance Africa" / Radio
2017

LISTEN TO THE SHOW

Shuck One & Maxime Lenik were Aïssa Thiam's guests ("Ambiance Africa" show).

Nofi / Web
2017

READ THE INTERVIEW

Shuck One is interviewed by Nofi : on the intersection of street art and activism.

Events

Future events are coming soon. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Partners

We thank our partners for their continued support

Mémorial ACTe
UNESCO
Ministère des Outre-Mer
CNMHE
France  Ô
RFI
Revive 
Le Focus Politicus

Contact

 EVENTS & PARTNERSHIPS

Shuck One

Email
vivrelibreoumourir18[at]gmail[dot]com

MUSIC & THE CONNECTED VINYL

Emily Gonneau

Email 
emily[at]unicum-music[dot]com