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Zemler, Hubert

Pupation of Dissonance

Zemler, Hubert : Pupation of Dissonance (Bolt)

Hubert Zemler is a classically educated percussionist who works with both symphony orchestras and improv, here performing 3 works, his own 4-part "Pupation of Dissonance", revealing an incredible knowledge and exultation in approaches to solo percussion, alongside Steve Reich's "Music for Pieces of Wood" and Per Norgard's study in drifting pulses and overlapping accents, "Waves".

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Label: Bolt
Catalog ID: BR 1036
Squidco Product Code: 25255

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Poland
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Polish Radio, in Warsaw, Poland, on January 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th, 2016, by Ewa Guziolek-Tubelewicz and Joanna Popowicz.


Hubert Zemler-keyboards, percussion

Malgorzata Sarbak-harpsicord

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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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"Małgorzata Sarbak, harpsichordist, teacher (F. Chopin College of Music in Warsaw, Department of Harpsichord, Organ and Ancient Music). She graduated with honours from the F. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw; was granted numerous scholarships: New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, USA (harpsichord studies with John Gibbons), French Government Scholarship, Academie Musicale de Villecroze, and scholarships for participation in master-classes: Montisi (Italy), Villecroze (France), Antwerpen (Belgium), Krieglach (Austria), Cambridge (United Kingdom), Karlsruhe (Germany) led by outstanding professors and artists such as Huguette Dreyfus, Bob van Asperen, Jos van Immersel, Ketil Haugsand, Menno van Delft, Robert Hill, Jacques Ogg and The Parley of Instruments.

She made archival recordings for the Polish Radio, which chose her for representing Poland in the International EBU Competition New Talent 2005 in Bratislava. As a soloist she performed with the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Cracow Philharmonic, Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra (Lodz), Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra (Ostrava), Morphing Vienna Chamber Orchestra (with Andreas Scholl) during many national and international festivals (Nantes, Bilbao, Tokio, Berlin).

Her repertoire is not limited only to the music of the XVII and XVIII centuries; she regularly performs also contemporary music. She made world premiere performances of pieces of an outstanding polish composer, Paweł Szymański: Les Poiriers en Pologne ou une Suite de Pieces Sentimentales de Clavecin faites par Mr Szymanski in 2010 and, in 2014, Dissociative Counterpoint Disorder, written and dedicated to her.

She performs also on original keyboard instruments. Her renditions of Mozart pieces were presented on rare and unique tangent pianos (Tangentenflügel) belonging to the historical keyboard instrument collections of Bad Krozingen and Miltenberg (Germany).

Małgorzata composed the music for the spectacles played in important polish drama theatres: Teatr Dramatyczny, Teatr Warsawy (Warsaw), Teatr Dramatyczny (Walbrzych). She works during the Summer Early Music Methodical Courses in Warsaw.

Her debut solo album (3CD) with the complete harpsichord Partitas by J. S. Bach had its premiere in June 2013. It was released by the Warsaw label Lado ABC and the National Audiovisual Institute (NInA), and is the first complete harpsichord recording of the Clavier-Übung I released in Poland."

-Malgorzata Sarbak Facebook Page (

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track listing:

1. Pupation Of Dissonance Stage One 5:50

2. Pupation Of Dissonance Stage Two 5:54

3. Pupation Of Dissonance Stage Three 2:45

4. Pupation Of Dissonance Stage Four 4:37

5. Music For Pieces Of Wood 11:19

6. Waves 19:42
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"The latest Hubert Zemler's release entitled "Pupation of Dissonance" makes a sort of tribute to percussion music history. The title work by Hubert Zemler relates to a gradual emancipation of percussion sounds throughout the 20th century. From timbre ornaments in symphonic music, through discovering the beauty of sounds previously regarded as "non-musical", to marriage of electronic devices with acoustic instruments. The album's programme is complimented by Steve Reich's iconic minimal music work "Music for Pieces of Wood" in Hubert Zemler's arrangement for a solo perfomer as well as beautiful and subtle Per Norgard's "Waves"."-Bolt

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