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Zemler, Hubert : Gostak & Doshes (Bolt)

Drummer/percussionist Hubert Zemler's second solo album with two compositions inspired by electronic music, particularly by works of the ensemble Suaves Figures, recorded in the vaults of the Camaldolese Church in Bielany, Warsaw with Milosz Pekala on vibraphones.

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Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR 1025
Squidco Product Code: 20206

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the Camaldolese church in Warsaw, Poland, on Feburary 22nd and 23rd, 2014 by Sebastian Witkowski.


Hubert Zemler-drums, percussion

Milosz Pekala-vibraphone

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"Hubert Zemler was born in 1980 in Warsaw. His studies at the Karol Szymanowski National Academy of Music and the Fryderyk Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw provided a background in classical-musical traditions and led him to the art of percussion. During this period he toured the Middle East playing the music of Krzysztof Komeda link opens page in new window, the renowned Polish bandleader and composer, best known internationally for his soundtrack to Roman Polanski link opens page in new window 's film Rosemary's Baby. Zemler also joined the experimental jazz band TRIA. He has gone on to bring jazz into the realm of independent music, blending it with symphonic music, world music, rock, blues, pop and improvisation, and collaborating with institutions, bands and artists including the National Opera and Zbigniew Namysłowski link opens page in new window .

After taking the bronze medal at the Delphic Games competition in South Korea in 2009, Zemler performed solo at home and abroad. His concert at Chłodna 25 in Warsaw in December 2011 was recorded by Lado ABC, the most significant independent music label on Poland's contemporary music scene. Moped, Zemler's live set of percussion improvisations, was released later that year. The album was praised by critics for its diverse influences and emotional impact. In his review of the album, Marcin Marchwiński remarks on the percussionist's talent for drawing wide sonic ranges from his instruments and blending them in a rich musical palette. Marchwiński writes,

The multiplicity of tones doesn't in this case indicate an eclectic form of chaos, everything has its order, subsequent accents appear gradually - from delicate murmurs to dynamic, controlled figures composed by the percussion, the African rhythms of the balafon and the ravenous hits of the concert finale. Nonetheless, this thought-through performance doesn't take away any of the dramaturgy or fresh, striking impression from the music.

Zemler is also part of the improvisational jazz band Horny Trees, together with Paweł Szamburski (electronic clarinet) and Maciej Trifonidis Bielawski (bass guitar). Lado ABC released their Branches of Dirty Delight in 2009, following a critically acclaimed eponymous debut in 2008, recorded on Kilogram Records. The band takes their metaphor of unbridled woods as the name and symbol of their sylvan approach to raw forms in improvised jazz."

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track listing:

1. Franciszek 11:28

2. Propolis 4:25

3. Variations On A Theme By Suaves Figures - "Figure 7" 3:38

4. DJi 2:59

5. Variations On A Theme By Suaves Figures - "Figure 2" 3:51

6. Gostak & Doshes 12:48
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"The album also contains two compositions inspired by electronic music, particularly by works of the ensemble Suaves Figures (Piotr Kurek and Sylvia Monnier). In these pieces, Hubert Zemler transcribed the electronically generated sounds to acoustic instruments, supported by an excellent percussionist Milosz Pekala (Kwadrofonik, Mitch and Mitch, Hob Beats Percussion Group) playing the vibraphone. The material was registered during night recording sessions in the basement of the Camaldolese church in the Bielany district of Warsaw the place of amazing acoustics with Sebastian Witkowski as a sound engineer."-Bolt

"The Oscars have been handed out and it was plain to see that Birdman was well favored - if you enjoyed the movie in particular for Antonio Sanchez' improvised drum soundtrack, I have something else that will appeal to your taste.

The Warsaw-based percussion maverick Hubert Zemler plays drums in a way that similarly captures the imagination. Over the last few years he's collaborated with an array of avant-garde musicians like Arturas Bumsteinas, Kapacitron, Natalia Przybysz and various members of essential Polish music hub Lado ABC. Zemler's second album Gostak & Doshes, published by veteran record label Bôłt, reveals soothing rhythms across a set of profoundly intimate compositions. I've seen the Varsovian play drums live many times and I always admire how he dives into his own reality. He can play out solo improvised sets lasting even half an hour which asks for huge physical agility and meticulous concentration.

As you will notice, Zemler's cinematic music plays with silence making every mistake easy to trace. Fortunately the artist's attention to detail seems to disbar even the possibility of error. Though I find Zemler's solo shows most impressive, on Gostak & Doshes his sound is further enriched by Miłosz Pękala on the vibraphone. The album was recorded in February 2013, interestingly, in the vaults of the Camaldolese Church in Warsaw."- Mateusz Mondalski, Secret Decoder

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