Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Czajka & Puchacz - Bivališča (2020)

Czajka & Puchacz

Kaja Draksler - piano, rhodes piano, percussion
Szymon Gąsiorek - drums, percussion, electronics



By Adam Baruch

This is the debut album by the duo Czajka & Puchacz, which comprises of Slovenian pianist / composer Kaja Draksler and Polish drummer / composer Szymon Gąsiorek. The album presents eight original compositions, all co-credited to both members of the duo. The first two tracks were recorded live and the rest are studio recordings.

Gąsiorek has been one of the most interesting Avant-Garde figures on the Polish/European scene in the last half decade, participating in several different projects and playing very diverse music. This duo with Draksler, who resides in several locations in Europe and is a highly active Improvising Music Artist, shows yet another aspect of Gąsiorek's multifaceted talents, this time dealing with minimalist (to the extreme) music, which is mostly based on delicate percussive sounds and a small amount of piano notes and other related noises, human voices and electronics. 

There is hardly, if any, music as most people would define it and the long series of detached percussive sounds can become weary after a while. This kind of sound collages have been around for many years, so this album is not even innovative within the Improvised Music/Avant-Garde Music idioms.

As much as I love Gąsiorek's earlier efforts, this album if just a strange oddity, which I find almost no connection to, neither emotional nor intellectual, in spite of the fact that I consider myself an open-minded listener with vast experience. It might have been fun to record but this album bears no musical message as far as I am concerned. But that is just me of course.

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