Ryvage is the solo project by Luxembourg based electronic musician Samuel Reinard. The name derives from the French word rivage (French pronunciation: (/riːˈvɑːʒ) meaning "shore". Driven by his love of contrasts, produced in isolation, Reinard’s synth-driven electronica and its visual incarnations are a reflection of his personal obsessions, spanning from 80s sci-fi movie soundtracks and industrial electro to immersive installation art and echoes of French literature.
Since the launch of Ryvage, Reinard has performed live, released EPs, singles and remixes, and written and produced music for theater, sound installations and radio. He has performed at festivals such as Siren's Call (LU), Aralunaires (BE), Zikametz (F) and Murex (F) and has opened for artists such as Liars (US), Blanck Mass (UK), Throwing Snow (UK), Arnaud Rebotini (FR) and Rone (FR). Solicited for his narrative musical approach and his passion for sound-design, he has produced remixes for artists such as the multi-instrumentalist Pascal Schumacher (Drops & Points Reworks EP featuring remixes by artists such as Stimming and Paul Frick), composed the official soundtrack of the Luxembourg City Film Festival and the music for the theatrical piece "La Vielle qui marchait dans la Mer" at the Théâtre National du Luxembourg. A first self-produced 5-track EP entitled "Tides", accompanied by the music video “Program” (Watch it here) that was shared by the French magazine for electronic music cultures "Trax", was released in July 2019.
In 2020 he releases the track "Tulipe" (Listen & watch on: https://fanlink.to/tulipe) as part of the compilation "Schlofzemmerbleck - A Snapshot of Luxembourg's Music Scene in Confinement" initiated by Radio 100,7 (LU) and collaborates with videographer Ted Kayumba and dancer & choreographer Jill Crovisier for the music video of Tulipe presented online (via Trax magazine) and as a video installation at the contemporary art space Konschthal in Esch-sur-Alzette (LU). The music video won several awards and mentions at international independent festivals.
In 2021 he started working on a large-scale music and sound creation entitled "Nightsongs" (Independent Little Lies production), putting into sound and music Luxembourg’s steel industry heritage by using field-recordings of industrial sites to create a series of solo and collaborative electronic music compositions. He also performed live during the official opening ceremony of the European capital of culture Esch 2022. April 2022 saw the release of a dozen Nightsongs creations via the soundwalk application G.O.H. allowing listeners to experience the music at specific locations in the post-industrial area of Belval. The innovative character of proposing music via a geo-localized music app reflects his creative and conceptual approach in search of new musical and aesthetic experiences and challenges. Versions of the same pieces mixed in the surround sound format Ambisonics will be broadcast in the context of the immersive sound installation Nightsongs at the Bridderhaus in Esch-sur-Alzette in Autumn 2022. The Nightsongs show featuring live versions of the tracks and live sets by Ryvage, French electronic musician Toh Imago (Infiné) and Luxembourg based multi-instrumentalist Pol Belardi is scheduled for 24 September 2022 at Kulturfabrik (LU).
On 22 July 2022 the track Clair-Obscur (Time Edit) is released and marks the beginning of a new cycle of tracks exploring notions such as our relationship to the night and to memory.