ABOUT THE ILLUMINARI COLLECTIVE:
Progression in art is something that requires a complete abandon of sorts. It is that courageous step forward, right out of the box, in brazenly sure footing. ILLUMINARI represents the feminine principle in a world of duality. Our message is the light of existentialistic exploration and the clarity of inner truth. Our tool is the path of musical expression and artistic movement. We recognise that in this material reality, the masculine principle, the route of reaching outward for truth, is the more active, dominant one, and so our purpose is to illuminate our listeners to release themselves from the hold of the overtly physical and discover the deeper, realer life within. If but only one person awakens this light within them, ILLUMINARI would have served its ultimate vision, to ignite the guidance of the heart and soul. This is the picture we are painting in all its audacity and what we believe our contribution is to the cosmos.
FEMALE VOCALIST / LYRICIST
...grand design in her conceptualisation of the album, ILLUMINARI AT THE THRESHOLD is simply to remind of that wonderful space we have within ourselves, that which gets smothered by the practicality of the external, the rationality of the material and the delusive corporeality that such worldly attachment brings. It is somewhere within the throes of rhapsodic melodies that she loses herself. Yet it is somewhere within the deepest silence that she chooses to sing. It is that connection to words that most drives her. It is the sweetest release that most moves her to sing. She sees herself as a vessel for the higher, for the muses to inspire and as the very art itself. Her vocal style is a strange combination of belts, hisses, squeaks, growls but all synced to beautiful interpretation.
A professional writer as well as singer, with a background majoring in both Literature and Linguistics, Celestine has put her love for both art forms into one with the creation of this album.
MALE VOCALIST / RAPPER
A walking, talking, rapping, singing, beatboxing, lyrics spitting, sound generator. Making strange noises to perpetuum, living the music within his soul, allowing it to come alive, larger than life, in the existentialistic recognition of the perennial philosophy. It is this intrinsic expression that wants to birth itself and connect to the collective space where art breathes and art lives.
A professional emcee as well as vocalist, IZ has a natural talent for entertaining a crowd. Combining his special brand of charisma with the beautiful tone of his voice while hosting our shows, it alone already adds the panache to bring our performances to another level.
NEW PRODUCER / DJ
The latest addition to the ILLUMINARI collective, Diego Perez is the composer of the next album coming up, entitled #Acclimatise, intending to be a mainstream production with a fresh Hip Hop sound. Diego has also remixed the debut album, ILLUMINARI AT THE THRESHOLD, to a really stylish Hip Hop vibe in efforts to herald in this new ILLUMINARI. With Diego, we are as compact as we can get and he both DJs as well as plays some live instruments on stage.
Diego has been playing music professionally since he was a teen, his first paid gig at a mere 14 years of age. He even has his own self-named project of which he composed every instrumentation himself, that has played in notable festivals in his native country, Mexico.
An extraordinary drummer that plays with such impossible precision that it educates the novel, elevates the composition, entirely drawing out the achingly coolest sounds completely in sync with the sweetest beats in inner expectation, a sensation and rhythmic experience that feeds the yearn towards perfection.
A flawless electronic music drummer, the exact one the collective has almost given up trying to find, Carranza is a surprise to the senses - does every genre to such immaculation, so tight that one thinks unattainable for electronic music, so in tune with his instrument that he can even make the crappiest drum set sound superb. It comes as no surprise then that this virtuoso started playing since he was 3 years of age.
ILLUMINARI'S keyboardist and soundscaper, opens gateways into harmonic worlds of intricate emotional expression through an insightful delicate formulation of experimental arrangements, a true zen master of electronic components guiding you methodically into sonic bliss.
This super versatile musician has been trained in a crazy number of genres - rock, pop, ballad, jazz, raggae, funk, blues, soul, r&b, acid jazz, trip hop and bossa. Edgy compositions are his forte and we are armed at the ready to work on the next album with Gabo leading the melodic helm.
Alternating thrills that reach into profundity with quiet accents that tickle the spaces, lingering like a savoured taste, then really only stretching out in epic expansions of solo monologues reeked in sheer poetry that transcends and cleanses, breathes life into the essence of every song and completes its audio journey, Tulio's artistry stands with the best of the best.
The ILLUMINARI collective includes a digital team as we are all about the new media age's global reach and freshness. Art in this day and age carries a whole new dimension and we intend to be completely at the cutting edge of this expression.
MEDIA DIRECTOR / VIDEOGRAPHER / PHOTOGRAPHER
Celestine's brother and a major partner in the project, Carrick was an associate producer in Fremantle Media Asia, right out of school, before being part of ILLUMINARI. Fremantle Media is a company that specialises in reality television and produced the most famous ones like American Idol, The Apprentice and really, nearly every other household name reality programme.
Carrick's dream is to be a filmmaker that creates productions of vision and substance through subtlety and a perspective that introduces ideas never before known. Together with him, the collective intends to be much more than just one of musical expression but an entity that uses these two forms of art to convey the messages that we believe live through us.
MEDIA WRITER / VIDEOGRAPHER / PHOTOGRAPHER
A filmmaker who has worked in Mexican film productions that had turned out awards and nominations, and from a very young age, already boasts plenty fully-professional and hands-on experience under her belt.
TV Azteca covered our album launch at the Centro Cultura Digital here in Mexico City. Catch us from the 12:05 min.
Here's a little video of us with the hosts of El Daily Con Harold where we performed live as well as did an interview. This tv programme is a cable channel in Mexico City.
An interview we did for La Caja FM during the press conference for the Pool Party festival held in Morelos, Cuautla.
A quick interview we did with Euforia Revista during the press conference held for the Music Lab festival.
Check out the interview Celestine Angel did with Seventeen Latin America here!
Trent Davis from JUICE Singapore speaks to us in a recent interview, here's the link to the article!
CORONA CAPITAL (FESTIVAL)
RUBEN ROSAS ART EXHIBITION (EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCE BY CELESTINE ANGEL & IZ St)
Private showcase by Celestine Angel & IZ St of some songs from the unreleased album with the wonderful Mexotic-City crew at Santa Solita, a place where music lovers gather and hungrily absorb, the expressions of the truly artistic.
Celestine Angel is most honoured to be invited to sing at the exhibition of the beautiful Darinka and the great artist and activist Toledo.
- Accompanied by the talented Daniel Vadillo on keys.
PHILIP BRAGAR AWARD CEREMONY
The revered artist Philip Bragar is to receive an award at Bellas Artes on this day.
Here is what wiki has to say about this beautiful place: "The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the most important cultural center in Mexico City as well as the rest of the country of Mexico."
Celestine Angel & IZ St have been invited to perform at this momentous event.
BRAGAR IN ACTION
The maestro Philip Bragar turns 90 and the Salon Des Aztecas celebrates with him by a collective action of artistic creation. Led by the the artist himself, other renowned artists joins in the celebration by painting their own canvas and participating in a great polyptych. In the midst of this full day event, ILLUMINARI provides the musical element to this monumental expressive adventure.
ILLUMINARI vocalists Celestine Angel & IZ St's first setup with an electronic DJ live. Doing a special segment for Juana La Loca's one year anniversary, be prepared for powerhouse vocals and an exciting rap show layered over Deep House tracks and dance the night away!
Another DJ set with DJ Paz. This time at the trendiest club in town for the last AfterWork event of the year! Mezcal for everyone!!
In one of the most incredible beaches we have ever seen, we started our Hiphop show here in the party place to be, Casa Babylon.
A hiphop special at the famous Casa Babylon, we were invited to do our show consisting of cover rearrangements and our own rap lyrics.
Roma Norte, Mexico City
By request for the manager's birthday, we did our special Hiphop show.
ILLUMINARI does a neo soul arrangement of covers. A 2-piece ensemble that promises a nice, intimate evening of feel-good music and connection.
Encore show back in Casa Franca. This is our Hiphop rearrangement presentation that we started doing since our little adventure in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, during the New Year's.
ILLUMINARI headlines a spring-themed music festival at Balneario el Almeal, an aquatic park in Cuautla, Morelos.
A special launch event to kickstart our online presence with a contest to win prizes from our sponsors through getting the audience to participate as new media representatives, covering the event and getting likes.
This digital album release held at the Digital Centre in Mexico City also showcases a visual artist in collaboration and is a true media event with invites extended out to all sorts of media personnel, including one of the biggest tv stations in Mexico, as well as, as mentioned above, radically considers all attendees to be media in their own right in this digital time and age.
An intimate freestyle set by Celestine Angel & DJ S-Link @ a bar in Roma, Mexico City.
Another neo-soul cover show by Celestine Angel this time at a Pulqueria in the west of CDMX.
Starting off our mini Mexican tour with a DJ set at the stylish Piedra Lumbre in the beautiful city of Oaxaca, we were just on time to be the entertainment for an ILEGAL mezcal promotion entitled "A Shot At Donald".
A private party held at the hot spot, Txalaparta, this event is the start of 3 days playing here, really one of the most beloved clubs in town.
Txalaparta was our main host for this part of our Mexican tour, providing us with accomodation and other generosities.
Presenting our album ILLUMINARI AT THE THRESHOLD here in one of the biggest clubs in Oaxaca City, this was our first public ILLUMINARI show ever since our Digital Launch at the Centro de Cultura Digital.
The band's last night playing in the magical city of Oaxaca, the experience has been certainly memorable, especially in the wonderful Txalaparta.
The last show in Oaxaca City before we head off on our next part of our tour, we did a chill-out DJ set at this classy joint with DJ S-Link.
Second part of our Mexican tour set in San Cristobal, Chiapas. Our first stop.
With over 400 people in the audience, this show completed our tour in the hot and steamy Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.
An elegant mezcaleria with an enthralling design, it was a real pleasure to return to the city of Oaxaca to such a vision. There were even familiar faces in the crowd with friends and fans both new and old. Definitely the best kind of welcome.
Back again in Txalaparta for yet another event, this time we did only a DJ set and at the front side of the club.
Second day in our favourite place, Txalaparta. Again we were in the front of the club doing a DJ set but with a somewhat different show, something a little more engaging for the crowd.
The very last show of our entire tour, it is befitting that we end off where we started.
Ending off the Mini Mexican tour back in Mexico City, Xaman is the best place to do it. Nominated as one of the top ten bars in the American continent, this classy joint has a very special design and great cocktails as well.
Back in the beautiful, magical city of Oaxaca to play in this annually-held event celebrating the drink of Mexico, mezcal.
Invited again to play in Xaman, this time we are working with club DJ George Paz to showcase our freestyle vocals.
Our very first ILLUMINARI Hip Hop night, we played with DJ Selektor doing a mixture of freestyle as well as covers with a playlist specially-selected by the ILLUMINARI team.
This is the mini tour's encore showcase in Mexico City of our DJ set with S-Link.
Invited to play for the grand opening of this restaurant with the best burgers we have ever tried, we will continue to present the mini tour showcase with DJ S-Link.
A special show featuring just Celestine Angel of ILLUMINARI, she will be sharing her favourite tunes and presenting them in her own unique fashion.
A collaboration project with Solo 2, with Amando doing beats for us to lay some original material over.
Our first time working with our new album producer, Diego Perez / Ed El, we thought the best place to present the new lineup was during one of our Hip Hop nights.
Again in one of the top jazz bars in Mexico City, we are doing our special cover rearrangement show that has become popular with the locals.
Our second night collaborating with Solo 2, an experimental and original duo.
We are bringing our Hip Hop show with Ed El to Xaman! These are the pre-shows act before the new album music is featured...
A regular monthly affair, we are hosting Hip Hop dance parties together with our show for Hip Hop lovers. Calling all mcs, singers, breakdancers and any Hip Hop enthusiasts to come join us and make it a grand fiesta!
Becoming a regular thing in Juana La Loca, Solo 2 and ILLUMINARI presents their special Hip Hop / Trip Hop collaboration project yet again.
This time around with jazz guitarist Djuvens Colas, Celestine Angel is doing more classic numbers as expected for a jazz club.
We are traveling to the state of Hidalgo to headline a small festival in a new forum called Quijote Foro, the only one in the entire state!
We will be presenting songs from our coming album for the first time during this concert together with Diego Perez, our new producer.