AKPATOK ENSEMBLE – TWO WINTERS, TWO SPRINGS
1. You Washed Your Face in a Mountain Stream 03:39
2. Fish Circling 13:45
3. Tree and Wind 07:03
4. Eyes Free of Dust 05:59
5. Opowieści Wielkiej Góry 10:00
6. Рукиимиски 17:30
Available formats and quantities: CD, 150. Released by Low Clouds Records.
Description of album: The new release by the Akpatok project, the album Two Winters, Two Springs, contains six minimalistic compositions by Dawid Adrjanczyk, recorded in mid-2015.
By using consciously limited ways of expression and reducing the number of instruments and compositional structures, Adrjanczyk creates his works based on meditative idiom both with regard to particular compositions, as well as the album as a whole. Six sonic journeys through challenging paths invoke deep attentive listening and introduce the listener into a leisurely subdued rhythm of composition full of inner concentration, that is so characteristic of all the artist’s works.
During the recording session, the natural features of the instruments recorded were particularly to the fore, with the choice (hurdy-gurdy, shepherd bells, gongs) and the fully acoustic recording imbuing Two Winters, Two Springs with an exceptional material dimension.
“The path to complete minimalism still remains a path. I am deeply conscious of the limitations which are imposed on my art by the Western narrative tradition. Listening to my compositions attentively tends to be a difficult practice of observing how the sound persists and how it undergoes a continuous change.”
“I would like my compositions, built upon organic variability and inscribed in the cycle of permanent expansion/extinguishing of silence and sound as they are, to evoke not only concentration on the very substance of music, but through sensation, also purely physical in nature, to encourage the listener to focus attention on themselves. Because only within ourselves is reflected all that we hear and experience.”
Release date: 22 Dec 2015
Artist bio: Dawid Adrjanczyk is an avant-garde performer, composer and sound artist. His works often focus on the interaction between music and nature, archaic forms of sound experience, emptiness and stillness. Rooted in minimalism, he interprets the idiom of contemporary musical forms and the meditative potential of Early Music and Eastern European modality. His compositions and performances are mainly eletro-acoustic.
He combines traditional instrumentation, prepared guitar, vintage wind organs with electronic sound, field recordings and tapes. He also focuses on instrument preparations to explore unique tuning schemes and harmony based on micro-tonality and organic relationships of intervals.
A founder and a leader of the Akpatok Ensemble. He cooperates with The Magic Carpathians Project, the project Tundra and with his wife Nina, with whom he performs archaic songs from Eastern Europe, as well as experimental freak folk compositions.
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