pondělí 15. dubna 2013

SFA008 - The Pololáníks: Záspě

In the world of free improvisation, solo projects and duos seem to be the
norm, while larger groupings are usually reserved for one-off projects and
special occasions. Being a regular five-piece band, then, makes The
Pololáníks something of an oddity, along with the fact that the quintet
meets for regular garage rehearsals, just like an aspiring indie band would
– except, of course, there is no repertoire per se, just an infinitely
developing interplay of five distinct musical personalities. The Pololáníks'
core instruments are trombone, double bass, recorders, guitar/saxophone/
clarinet and laptop, but other, more peculiar DIY instruments and found
objects (e.g. bowed CPU heatsinks) make frequent appearance.

The compilation presented here pairs excerpts from the band's very first
public performance with a selection from recent concerts, including joint
session with Count Portmon (tape players) and Ken Ganfield (modular synth).
 The selection of tracks is meant as a sort of retrospective preceding the
band's first proper studio album, which the quintet hopes to record shortly.

Vít Kořínek: trombone
Martin Lauer: double bass
Zbyněk Rohlík: recorders
Martin Strakoš: guitar/saxophone/clarinet
Pavel Bakič: laptop
(All - voices, found objects, various percussion and DIY instruments)

1. Hlacenstvo 4:45
2. Rabulista 6:10
3. Šantala 15:45 (feat. Count Portmon - tape players, synthesizers and Ken Ganfield - modular synthesizer)
4. Halže 6:45
5. Žrec 11:21
6. Žamputář 3:12

Recorded live in Prague: 8.10.2011 - Rybanaruby (1,5); 11.2.2013 - K4 (3); 23.2.2013 - Final Club (2,4,6)

pondělí 8. dubna 2013

SFA007 - Misogi

Misogi () is a Japanese ascetic practice of ritual purification. The main goal is the connection of the mind and body with the energy of the universum, the side effect is the increase in endurance. Misogi is also used in some forms of martial arts, especially Aikido (合気道), where to the purification, energetic and endurance principles the goal of the development of one’s centre is added.
This recording comes from the misogi performed on the December 20th, 2012 in the Aikido Kenkyukai Praha Dojo (http://www.aikikai.cz) under the leadership of Kodym Miroslav Sensei, 5th dan. In this dojo took place the first Czech misogi in the year 1992, so this recording captured the sound of the 20th anniversary misogi, held in the newly built dojo.
Where the strong energetic sound comes from? All participants are performing in the common rhythm for one hour using wooden swords bokuto the cut called kiri-oroshi (切り下ろし) accompanied with the battle cry kiai (気合).

Recording: Petr Karlach   (波静) 2012
Sleeve calligraphy: Petra Pejsova (紅虎) 2012
Mastering: Veronika Bartošová (维罗妮克)
Sleeve note: Petr Karlach (波静)

Participants: Agh Petr, Bouček Petr, Breburda Jan, Bulgakov Dimitrij, Dejdar Vítek, Doležal Kryštof,  Dúbravčíková Lucia, Franců Martin, Hiep Nguyen Duc, Karlach Petr, Kodym Miroslav, Kodymová Angelika, Klika Petr, Kraček David, Kršáková Leticia, Kureš Jakub, Lessenko Šimon, Lípa Jiří, Lípa Jan, Líva Václav, Matějka Jiří,  Mráz Miroslav, Pírko Milan, Reisiegelová Jana, Řezáč Zdeněk, Slyusar Ghilda, Stoupa Václav, Šimek Libor, Trakalová Pavlína, Vácha Filip, Velen Luděk, Yegorov Michail, Žáček Pavel + two unidentified persons