Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Michał Gorczyński / Uchihashi Kazuhisa - Michal Gorczynski Uchihashi Kazuhisa (2013) ***

Michal Gorczynski - clarinet, bass clarinet
Kazuhisa Uchihashi - guitar, electronics

Michal Gorczynski Uchihashi Kazuhisa (2013)

Let me put it quick as I write honestly that this music is not my cup of tea. Uchihashi Kazuhisa is a guitarist who is best known from playing in such a experimental bands as Altered States or Ground Zero. He is especially actve in all kind of arts based upon improvisation - the recent key word to almost everything that is going in music and elsewhere. Michał Górczyński is equally diverse person though his activities are mainly musical with projects like Cukunft and the collaborations with Mikołaj Trzaska and Marcin Masecki making him one of the most prospective young instrumentalists in Poland, at least as far as clarinet is concerned.

However, Górczyński's achievements as a leader and author of his own projects are IMHO rather dissapointing. He started quite well pairing with local legend tubist Zbigniew Piernik on "Energa". His other duo, seemingly his favourite format, was with Polish beat boxer Patrik 'Tik Tak" Matela with whom they recorded "Animarium" which was unfortunately a failure. One cannot deny Górczyński the courage to experiment, but the outcome of these experiments is doubtful, bringing forth records containing interesting sounds but no coherent, well thought music.

I was therefore a bit worried about this new project of his, especially since his Japanese counterpart Kazuhisa has recorded already with Polish young musicians one record "Broken Strings" which was nothing close to success. Fortunately this release is much better than their last discs, they clearly are much better paired, being both good musicians with significant achievements. Still I wouldn't call this record my favourite but at least I manage to stay with music until the end and can see some hope in Górczyński artistic development, especially since I value his talent a lot. I would be more than happy to see his next project to be recorded with some top musicians, having well though and original music content and be done in other format than duo.

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