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Venue:
The Rotunda4014 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: Free Admission
Sponsored by:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 8:00pm

Mikrokolektyw

Artur Majewski, trumpet + electronics
Kuba Suchar, drums + electronics

Join Ars Nova Workshop for a free performance at The Rotunda as we present the Philadelphia debut of Mikrokolektyw, a duo featuring Polish musicians Kuba Suchar and Artur Majewski.

Mikrokolektyw's debut for Delmark Recordings, Revisit (2010), starts with two reverb-sprinkled trumpet phrases conversing above a constellation of glistening electronic warbles, pings, and splatters. The discussion is initially vibrant but placid, though the stride of the exchange ever-so-gradually accelerates, ultimately mutating into a tight, dynamic polyrhythmic groove.

Suchar and Majewski have been creating music together for over a decade, and it shows. The two Polish composers and improvisers first partnered in the late-1990s with Robotobibok, a quintet that released three albums on their own Vytvornia OM imprint between 2000 and 2004. They've also collaborated with Austrian guitarist-electronicist Fennesz, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, and Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvær.

In 2004, they formed Mikrokolektyw as an improvising duo aiming to explore fresh territories between and beyond jazz and electronic musics. With hints of Don Cherry, Miles Davis, Max Roach, Tortoise, and ECM's glacial breeze, Suchar and Majewski's sonic architecture is supported by pondering spaces, propulsive beats, digital elation and glitch, and ebullient, perpetually expanding melodies.

Mikrokolektyw is presented in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.