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PRES Revisited. Jozef Patkowski In Memoriam

Various Artists: PRES Revisited. Jozef Patkowski In Memoriam (Bolt)

Recordings of a concert at London's Cafe Oto dedicated to Jozef Patkowski's Polish Radio Experimental Studio (CD2), which are transformed in the studio by John Tilbury, Eddie Prevost, Phil Durrant, Maciej Sledziecki & Mikolaj Palosz (CD1).

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40 page color booklet with photos and text in English and Polish.

UPC: 5902547008127

Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR ES01
Squidco Product Code: 15258

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Poland
Packaging: 2 CDs in a digipak
CD 1 recorded on various dates at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw by Bohdan Mazurek and Eugeniusz Runik. CD 2 recorded live at Cafe Oto, London on December 13th, 2009 by Shane Browne.


Mikolaj Palosz-cello

Maciej Sledziecki-electric guitar

Eddie Prevost-percussion

John Tilbury-piano

Phil Durrant-violin

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track listing:

CD 1

1. Antiphona 7:28

2. Collage 5:05

3. Psalmus 5:07

4. Episodes 8:29

5. Assemblage 8:35

6. Esperienza 3:34

7. Dixi 4:41

CD 2

1. Antiphona 7:48

2. Collage 4:41

3. Psalmus 5:08

4. Episodes 6:18

5. Assemblage 6:30

6. Esperienza 3:28

7. Dixi 4:36

8. Hommage To Boguslaw Schaeffer 15:45

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Organized Sound and Sample Based Music
Compositional Forms
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
London & UK Free Improvisation Scene
Electroacoustic Composition

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"The album's core is the recording of the concert dedicated to Polish Radio Experimental Studio in London's Cafe Oto (CD2). Electronic pieces from the Studio were turned into instrumental structured improvisations performed by legends of improvised music, members of AMM John Tilbury and Eddie Prévost, coming back to playing violin, Phil Durrant and two Polish musicians of the younger generation - guitarist Maciej Sledziecki based in Cologne and Warsaw cellist, Mikolaj Palosz. In their solo sets, they presented their individual variations on the compositions created in the Studio. Their collaborations were framed by graphic scores based on original recording and prepared by Denis Kolokol. His attempt was to make use of the idiosyncratic instrumental language of each of the improvisers; language that owes so much to the development of electronic music. CD1 consists of original, remastered recordings of the pieces that were performed in Cafe Oto as they seem to be among the greatest productions of the Studio."-Bolt

"Polish Experimental Studio was among the first institution of the kind in the world. Established in 1957 by Józef Patkowski as a department of the Polish Radio, Studio quickly became a central point in polish electronic music. 50-ies and 60-ies were its most vibrant times; Boguslaw Schaeffer, Wlodzimierz Kotonski, Tomasz Sikorski, Krzysztof Penderecki and many others were composing the first polish electronic pieces, often as a collaboration with directors of animated films. These were also the days of intense cultural exchange with other countries (John Tilbury for example was a close collaborator of Tomasz Sikorski). Over the last two last decades situation of the studio became a huge mystery. Semi-opened, it ceased to publish anything and made the classical recordings almost unavailable. There is a hope for change if the plans of Bôlt. New Music in Eastern Europe label will become reality.

In 2007 Michal Libera organized an unofficial 50th Anniversary of the Studio inviting Frederic Blondy, Piotr Bukowski, Karol Koszniec, DJ Lenar, Raphael Rogi?ski and Dagna Sadkowska to recreate electronic pieces for live setting. Their perspectives were different - few of them tried to represented technological processes in improvisations; others kept the original form or structure or worked on developing a given material. Experimental Studio Revisited in London is a step further. Denis Kolokol prepared scores based on his interpretation of the pieces to be performed in London by Phil Durrant, Maciej Sledzicki, Mikolaj Palosz, Eddie Prévost, John Tilbury. Each one of them will also present his own solo version of the proposed pieces. The final piece will be "Symfonia", a graphic score by Boguslaw Schaeffer designed for sound engineer."-Cafe Oto

40 page color booklet with photos and text in English and Polish.

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Artist Biographies:

"John Tilbury (born 1 February 1936) is a British pianist. He is considered one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music, and since 1980 has been a member of the free improvisation group AMM.

Tilbury studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Alexander and James Gibb and also with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw. 1968 he was the winner of the Gaudeamus competition in the Netherlands.

During the 1960s, Tilbury was closely associated with the composer Cornelius Cardew, whose music he has interpreted and recorded and a member of the Scratch Orchestra. His biography of Cardew, "Cornelius Cardew - A life unfinished" was published in 2008.

Tilbury has also recorded the works of Howard Skempton and John White, among many others, and has also performed adaptations of the radio plays of Samuel Beckett.

With guitarist AMM bandmate Keith Rowe's electroacoustic ensemble M.I.M.E.O., Tilbury recorded The Hands of Caravaggio, inspired by the painter's The Taking of Christ {1602). In this live performance, twelve of the members of M.I.M.E.O. were positioned around the piano in a deliberate echo of Christ's Last Supper. The thirteenth M.I.M.E.O. member (Cor Fuhler) is credited with "inside piano" as he interacted and interfered with Tilbury's playing by manipulating and damping the instrument's strings, essentially doing piano preparation in real time. Critic Brian Olewnick describes the album as "A staggering achievement, one is tempted to call The Hands of Caravaggio the first great piano concerto of the 21st century."

Another notable recent recording of Tilbury's was Duos for Doris (like The Hands of Caravaggio also on Erstwhile Records), a collaboration with Keith Rowe. It is widely considered a landmark recording in the genre of electroacoustic improvisation (or "EAI").

In 2013 he collaborated with artist Armando Lulaj in FIEND performance at the National Theatre of Tirana (Albania)."

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"Phil Durrant. Born 1957; software synth/sampler, live electronics and acoustic violin.

Phil Durrant studied classical violin and piano at the London College Of Music. Since 1977 he has been a freelance musician, improviser and composer. He has performed at festivals all over Europe, U.S.A and Canada and has had his music broadcast on radio and television in many countries.

Current electronic projects include Ticklish, Secret Measures (with John Butcher), Lunge (with Gail Brand, Pat Thomas and Mark Sanders) and the international electronic orchestra, Mimeo. He also plays violin in Assumed Possibilities (with Chris Burn, Rhodri Davies and Mark Wastell), "Beinhaltung", a trio with Radu Malfatti and Thomas Lehn another trio with Berlin musicians, Burkhard Beins and Ignaz Schick, and the string quartet Quatuor Accorde, with Tony Wren, Charlotte Hug and Mark Wastell. Durrant has also played in the very influential trio with John Butcher and John Russell, as well as the Chris Burn Ensemble.

During his career he has played with many creative and important musicians, including: Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Grooverider, Shut up and Dance, John Zorn, Phil Minton, and Tom Cora. He has also been awarded various Arts Council grants to research and develop his use of electronics. Two current duo projects - at early 2001 - were: Durrant, violin and software synth/sampler with Wade Matthews, bass clarinet, alto flute; and Durrant software synth/sampler with Mark Sanders drums and sequenced samples.

Phil Durrant has also been collaborating and composing music for a wide variety of choreographers. These include PLastic chill, In the face of a stranger and Deja deux with Maxine Doyle; Salome, Concrete and On stage with Susanne Thomas; Partial site, near view and Delay for five with Gill Clarke; Future perfekt with Ana Sanchez-Colberg; and Borderlander and Home zone with Sophia Lycouris. Salome, Concrete and Partial site, near view were site-specific and involved speaker systems in a number of different rooms. He recently wrote the music for a new play by Nick Sutton called Home movies."

-European Free Improv (EFI) (

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