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Szuszkiewicz, Kamil: Robot Czarek (Bolt)

Using saxophone and electronics in unexpected ways, Warszawa composer Kamil Szuszkiewicz's 9 movement "Robot Czarek" is described as a "sound cartoon", using odd punctuation of voice and effected interactive instrumental interjections to tell his libretto's strange tale.

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Kamil Szuszkiewicz-composer, Libretto

Dave Jackson-saxophone

Ray Dickaty-saxophone

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Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR K008
Squidco Product Code: 21864

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels

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Using saxophone and electronics in unusual ways, Warszawa composer Kamil Szuszkiewicz's 9 movement "Robot Czarek" is described as a "sound cartoon", using unusual punctuation of voice and effected interactive instrumental interjections to tell his libretto's unusual tale.

Kamil Szuszkiewicz is a Warsaw based trumpeter and composer active in improvisation and experimental performance. He is known for several collaborative projects in Poland, with releases on Wounded Knife, Slowdown Records, Elementworks, Not On Label and Iskry. This album is a joint release between Bolt and Wounded Knife.

Artist Biographies

"Kamil Szuszkiewicz: Composer and trumpeter associated with jazz and improvisation. A member of Zebra's ensembles Mit, Professionalism and Trifonidis and WIO orchestras; often plays with other Warsaw musicians (Wojtek Traczyk, Hubert Zemler). He has two original albums ("Istina" and "Robot Czarek") and many group albums.

Kamil Szukiewicz was born in 1982 in Olsztyn, where he began learning to play the trumpet. Then in Warsaw he graduated from the Jazz Department of the State Music School. Fryderyk Chopin. He developed his skills at master classes as part of the School of Improvisational Music in Rome, Warsaw and Katowice (Ralph Alessi class). Szuszkiewicz was a scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the laureate of the first Creations / Clashes prize at the Art of Improvisation festival in Wrocław (2013). As a soloist and leader of the team record in factories Lado ABC ( 16'25 " ) Bolt Records ( " Robot Czarek " ) , Wounded Knife ( " Istina " , " Bugle Call and Response ") and Slowdown Records ( "Prolegomena" ), composed of solo to nonet, with the participation of electronics, synthesizers, percussion, singing, saxophones and piano. In 2007, Szuszkiewicz founded the Kapacitron link group opens in a new window , and in 2015 Zebra a Mit, and plays with Works & Days Ensemble, the Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra, Mitch & Mitch and the Warsaw Orchestra of Entertainment.

Kamil Szuszkiewicz most often cooperates with musicians such as Arturas Bumšteinas, Piotr Dąbrowski, the link opens in a new window by Ray Dickaty , Wojciech Kwapisiński, Marcin Masecki , Wojtek Traczyk, Piotr Zabrodzki and Hubert Zemler , but also has joint performances with . Piotr Bejner, Jakub Cichocki, Olgierd Dokalski, Tomasz Duda, Fred Frith, Marcin Gańko, Jan Jelinek, the link opens in a new window by Hillary Jefferym , Adam Kamissoko, Iza Kowalewska, Piotr Kurek, Zivem Ravitz, Rafał Sarnecki, Wojciech Sobura, Tadeusz Sudnik , Marcin Ułanowski and Wolfram. Szuszkiewicz in various compositions played at numerous festivals in Poland (Open'er in Gdynia, Unsound in Krakow, Codes in Lublin, WRO and Art of Improvisation in Wrocław, Malta in Poznań, Warsaw Autumn and Lado in the City, Peninsula of New Music in Wigry) and abroad (Virtual Memories and Jauna Muzika in Vilnius, Berlin Biennale). In the capital, it was most often heard in Tygmont, Eufemia, Pardon To Tu, Clouds, Magnification and Sklot, as well as in POLIN, NInA or Teatrów: Powszechny and Studio. [...]" (

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"Ray Dickaty has made many recordings with various bands. Participated in numerous tours and appeared on television and radio around the world with Spiritualized, Moonshake and the extreme free jazz band Solar Fire Trio.

As a member of Spiritualized he made the albums "Live at the Albert Hall", "Let It Come Down" and "Amazing Grace". He played with Dr John on his album "Anutha Zone" which was one of his greatest pleasures.

In addition he has recorded and performed with among others ; Sonic Youth, Suicide, Loka, Moose, Lush, Stereolab, the Durutti Column, AMP, the Duke Spirit, Cornershop, Six to Seven, Damo Suzuki, Thighpaulsandra, Soulsavers (Mark Lanegan), Gallon Drunk, Michael J Sheehey, Dead Skeletons, Mark Gardener and Laetitia Sadier.

Collaborated with Eddie Prevost, the legendary founder of the AMM, as well as playing concerts with improvisers such as Peter Brotzmann, Satoko Fuji, Augusti Fernandez, Paal Nilssen Love, Philip Marks, Chris Corsano, Brigitte Kuepper, John Butcher, Lol Coxhill, Carlos Zingaro, John Edwards, Martin Kuchen, Jeffrey Morgan, Evan Parker and many others.

He currently lives in Warsaw and is an active participant in the Polish improvised music scene.

In addition he is a founder member of the following bands:

Infant Joy Quintet, Noise of Wings, Line of Fire, KoM Trio, Osaka Vacuum and Sounds of the Night Sky electro acoustic ensemble.

He is also the founder/director and principal conductor of the Warsaw Improviser Orchestra, and Music Director and Workshop leader of "Spacefest" Festival, Gdansk."

-Ray Dickaty Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Uwertura 2:12

2. Kuchnia 3:01

3. Corki 3:06

4. Janusz 3:43

5. Winda 3:54

6. Tramwaj 3:50

7. Przystanek 3:28

8. Kuplet 3:06

9. Final 15:54

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