Wacław Zimpel - clarinet
Krzysztof Dys - piano
Christian Ramond - double bass
Klaus Kugel - drums
Wacław Zimpel is a classical clarinetist and a composer. Church music and ritual music of various cultures are the main source of his inspiration. His compositions often refer to the works of old-time composers; he either engages in a contemporary polemic with the latter or comments on musical traditions. He is a leader of Wacław Zimpel Quartet, Hera, and Undivided ensembles, and a member of Ken Vandermark’s Resonance orchestra. He collaborates with Hamid Drake, Joe McPhee, Mikołaj Trzaska, Michael Zerang, GiridharUdupa, Steve Swell, Bobby Few, Mark Tokar and Perry Robinson. Eyal Hareuveni, a reviewer for the prestigious “All About Jazz” magazine, wrote: “Wacław Zimpel is one of the most promising European musicians”. “Stone Fog” is the first album recorded by Wacław Zimpel Quartet the forming of which was quite inevitable as its four members were brought together by music fascinations, mutual performances and a horizon of European traditions: Klaus Kugel brings in his “spatial drumming” reminiscent of liturgical music, Christian Ramond’s bass playing perfectly corresponds with abstract and intuitive rhythms produced by Kugel, Krzysztof Dyś draws his inspiration from Prokofiev and Scriabin, Wacław Zimpel clarinets are once lyrical, once Slavic in tone. The whole set of pieces is set in a very European, free jazz context. Wacław Zimpel Quartet is not just four music personalities engaged together, it is also a group of people with common roots, on a common quest, with a variety of inspirations brought in by individual musicians.
released June 6, 2013
Titles of the tunes are lines from Laura Winter’s poems
Recorded November 10-11th, 2012 by Klaus Kugel
Mix & master: Uli Seipel
Cover photo: Radosław Kobierski
Other photos: Justyna Jaworska, Paulina Mirowska
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It's almost hard to believe there's any space for Tim to fit in when they play this stuff as a duo! The magical uber-complex counterpoint flowing from and resolving to the killer tunes has a similar feel to the full band Berne but these are clarifying in their complexity - you can understand all the moving parts on the same level. Also perhaps the best showcase of Mr Mitchell's solo skills I've heard - he's fully in his element! Giles
Thank you, Stephan, Liberty and Jamie (15 yrs after the fact) for a marvelous album.
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
Stephan, your compositions are well adapted to reopening smoothly. Please let me know if you would like to discuss
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