Artist: Pekala | Kordylasinska | Pekala
Album: Werke fŸr Schlagzeug und elektroakustische GerŠte
Format: 12 inch LP
Label: gagarin
Cat-no.: gr2037
Price: EUR 16,00
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Release Date: 1.3.2017

Werke fr Schlagzeug und elektroakustische Gerte (Works for Percussion and Electro-Acoustic Devices / Utwory na perkusje i urzqdzenia elektroakustyczne) is the second album of the Polish percussion duo Milosz Pekala and Magda Kordylasinska.

The compositionsRenaissance Gameboy #1 and#2 (2011) by Felix Kubin were originally written for violin, saxophone, cello, piano, drums and tape. The new versions arranged by the duo transport his pieces into the world of an extended percussion set, with marimba and vibraphone placed in the center. Additionally, several parts were recorded on tape.

Black Page #1 by Frank Zappa features close-miking recordings of guiro, reco-reco, temple blocks and everyday life objects like cups and computer. The pulse generated by dripping water and unusual percussive sets provide a new, intimate interpretation of Zappas dynamic music.

Minimal music has always had a special place in the hearts of the Polish duo. InVermont Counterpoint (1982) by Steve Reich, they replace the orchestra (including flutes) with vibraphone, glockenspiel, marimba and dulcimer. By including Reichs composition on this record, Pekala and Kordylasinska refer to their own musical roots.

Repetitiveness can also be heard in a piece entitledSmells Like Victory(2016) commissioned toThymme Jones, the founder of a band called Cheer Accident. The composition is written for marimba, vibraphone, two Chinese gongs, electronics and includes choreography.

Modular #1(2016) by Milosz Pekala completes the album. Its based on a rhythmic pattern generated by a modular synthesizer. Ongoing permeation of electronic and acoustic sounds with dynamic narrative creates a fertile ground for the musicians expression as percussionists and at the same time gives them great pleasure as players.

This album is a next step in exploring the world of percussive instruments. We recorded it mainly out of urge to present our experience as musicians of the twenty first century surrounded by contemporary art. Milosz Pekala, Magda Kordylasimska

The album comes in a special sleeve with golden hotstamp printing designed by Polish musician and artist Macio Moretti. A CD version featuring another track by Felix Kubin is released on

Track list

1 Felix Kubin: Renaissance Gameboy #1
2 Felix Kubin: Renaissance Gameboy #2
3 Frank Zappa: The Black Page #1
4 Thymme Jones: Smells Like Victory

5 Steve Reich: Vermont Counterpoint
6 Milosz Pekala: Modular #1