Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cukunft - Wilde Blumen (2013) ****

Cukunft (band)

Raphael Rogiński - electric guitar
Pawel Szamburski - clarinet
Michał Górczyński - clarinet
Paweł Szpura - drums

Wilde Bumen (2013)

Cukunft is one of those young bands in Poland you should definitely know about. Created by charismatic guitarist Raphael Rogiński it is a serious project designed to remind the Polish audience of great legacy of Jewish music in Poland, now forgotten, as Jewish community is almost not existing. On their first disc "Lider fun Mordechaj Gebirtig" (2005) they took up the music of legendary bard from Cracow, on second double CD "Itstikeyt / Fargangenheit"  (2010) the music was more varied but again was inspired mainly by pre-war Jewish city songs but also contained Rogiński's own compositions. On their third and newest release we see a continuation of this trend as references to klezmer music are more and more general while Rogiński's compositions and play on guitar become the focus of the whole album.

While listening to "Wilde Blumen" I couldn't help but recall the poem "Kwiaty Polskie" by Polish poet of Jewish origin Julian Tuwim. As in this one of the most famous works of our poetry in prewar period the flowers become symbols of beauty of almost transcendental dimensions. The same feeling of innocence associated with unworldliness pervades music of Cukunft on this release. But all these praises of mine shall not be limited to Rogiński only as the support he receives from his companions is impossible to overestimate. Paweł Szamburski on clarinet, Michał Górczyński on clarinet and saxophone, and Paweł Szpura on drums are all creme-de-creme of young generation of Polish musicians with excellent projects already done on their own.

Making long story short I want to summarize this review by strongly recommending you rehearsal of this disc. Of many Polish albums inspired by Jewish music those by Cukunft, along with discs recorded by Ircha Clarinet Quartet, trio Shofar or Bester Quartet, are clearly most original in conception, excellently performed and, very importantly, authentic of all. 

1. farges mikh nit / niezapominajka
2. rir mikh nit on / nie dotykaj mnie
3. kholem-blum / senny kwiatek
4. monblum / mak
5. pekhbliml / pechowy kwiat
6. shternblum / aster
7. pukhbliml / dmuchawiec
8. meshugene graypelekh / prymulka

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...