Splatter's 3rd CD resulted from a meeting between the London-based quartet Splatter (Noel Taylor-clarinet; Anna Kaluza-sax; Tom Greenhalgh-drums; Pedro Velasco-electric guitar) and Polish bassist Rafal Mazur after their successful collaboration at Cafe Oto in 2010.
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Catalog ID: 00106
Squidco Product Code: 18594
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Anna Kaluza-alto saxophone
Pedro Velasco-electric guitar
Rafal Mazur-acoustic bass guitar
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• Show Bio for Rafal Mazur
"Rafal Mazur's involvement with music began in his youth with violoncello studies in Krakow. He switched to bass guitar in the late 1980's. Since 2000 he has played an acoustic bass guitar built to his own specifications by luthier Jerzy Wysocki. He has developed an advanced and individual approach to his instrument, and to improvisation in general, in which sonority, extended technique and gesture combine effortlessly in performance. He has taken an important role in Kraków to support young artists and improvised music. A founder of the ImproArt studio of improvisation, he has performed jazz and improvised music in clubs and festivals across Poland and Europe, and in China, South Korea and Israel. In recent years he has collaborated with Lisa Ullen, Frederic Blondy, Charlotta Hug, Raymond Strid, Keir Neuringer, Zsolt Sores and others. His current focus is the band "Ensemble 56" and "Mazur/Neuringer Duo". He is an organizer of the Laboratory of Intuition, a series of spontaneous art presentations in Kraków. Mazur's main field of interest and activity is collective and solo free/spontaneous improvisation. In his practice as an improvising musician and on his way to mastery/artistry he studys Chinese philosophy (Jagiellonian University). He regards Taoism as a strong base for the enrichment of the improviser's attitude, and to this end he practices the Taoist's martial art TaiJi Quan Chen. For Mazur, following the masters of Chinese philosophy and martial arts is crucial in the development of a state of mind prepared for the unexpected situations an improviser encounters in the act of collective free improvisation. During the Polish Sound Art in China tour in 2006, Mazur presented lectures in NiHiLo Gallery in Foshan and Zendai Art Museum in Shanghai, taking the opportunity to meet Chinese improvisers and discuss and compare his approaches to improvisation, Taoism and TaiJi. Mazur's most recent work is the first album of solo acoustic bass guitar free improvisation: 'Sonor Forms'. Released by independent label DTS Records in Krakow on its Transidiomatic series, the disc is the result of investigation into the practice of solo free improvisation."-Rafal Mazur Website (http://www.rafalmazur.eu/1bio.html)
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1. To Boldly Go (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 4:25
2. No You Don't, Yes I Will (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 3:27
3. Arise Ye Starvelings (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 7:25
4. Pond Life (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 5:18
5. Bronco Beat (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 3:12
6. Fog On Ice (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 4:08
7. Yah Boo Sucks (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 2:37
8. Home Time (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 4:27
9. Inglenook Tales (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 3:23
10. Slam Dunk (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 3:25
11. Cocoa & Slippers Jive (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 3:31
12. Stag Beetle Waltz (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 4:38
13. The Cat's Sweet Dream (Featuring Rafal Mazur) 6:49
sample the album:
"This is the third CD from Splatter. The collaboration with Rafal Mazur began back in 2010 when they played together in Krakow. Subsequently Rafal Mazur visited London to play at Café Oto in an evening of 'Experimental Music from Poland' in which Splatter played with him to a capacity audience. The success of this evening led them to consider making a recording. This CD is the result.
Rafal Mazur is passionate about improvisation, which he links to his studies in Daoist philosophy, so it was decided that 'cloudseed' would not include any written or pre-prepared material. Most of the CD was recorded in a single session over one day. The group were amazed at how fluently each piece emerged, and how naturally Rafal Mazur seemed to blend his playing into the Splatter style. Each track seemed to move and develop according to some internal logic of its own, not perhaps the result of some mystic moment of synthesis so much as the outcome of highly focused efforts to understand each other's musical sensibilities.
The title - cloudseed - reflects this outpouring, the result of adding one extra ingredient to produce no mere splattering of creative rain but a veritable downpour."-CityStream
"The music reminds me of a controlled explosion, yet this is an explosion that does not destroy anything at all but, on the contrary, creates one of the most astonishing musical worlds I've heard recently! Marvelously paradoxical: it manages to be coherent, spontaneous and well thought-out yet at the same time, it is completely improvised. This is the artistic statement of a group of excellent musicians and mature artists and I recommend it to anyone in love with the free side of jazz, music and...life!"-Maciej Nowotny, RadioJAZZ.FM
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