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Lumpeks: Polonez (Umlaut Records)

Ethnic folk flavors of traditional Polish dance music and song merge with modern jazz in the Polish Lumpeks quartet, researching the history of their music and working with musicians of multiple generations as they update their antecedents through free improvisation, and augmenting their repertoire with exotic instrumentation including bird calls, cabasa, baraban, basy, and drone box.
 

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Louis Laurain-cornet, bird calls, drone box

Pierre Borel-alto saxophone, cabasa

Olga Koziel-voice, bębenek obreczowy, baraban, trumpet

Sebastien Beliah-double bass, basy, clarinet, drone box

Maria Stepien-violin


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UPC: 3341348166308

Label: Umlaut Records
Catalog ID: UMFR-CD44
Squidco Product Code: 34232

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recording at Polish Radio Studio S4, in Warsaw, Poland, on February 28th, and March 1st and 2nd, 2023, by Bartlomiej Wozniak.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Lumpeks, French-Polish quartet playing a music at the crossroads between jazz and Polish traditional dance music, is coming back with a second album Polonez. The repertoire of this new opus is the fruit of a field research organised in March 2021 at musicians of different generations.

In the continuity of this oral transmission, the band Lumpeks improvise freely with dance tunes and traditional folksongs. The evocative title reminds both a popular dance in the traditional musicians' repertoire as well as the famous 80's car model, as a nod to the band's trip through the countryside of the Radom region."-Umlaut


Artist Biographies

"Louis Laurain is a trumpet player, improviser and composer, based in Paris. Born in 1984, he taught himself to play the trumpet and then studied jazz and improvisation at the conservatories of Lyon (CNR) and Paris (CNSMDP). While developing his own personal and original language on his instrument, he researched, through different collaborations, an intuitive and spontaneous approach to sound. His interest is essentially in different forms of improvised sound for various formations,ranging from solo to orchestral.His work is focused principally on two topics. Firstly an acoustic approach to instruments through research on sounds and sound effects in relation to the space in which they are produced. Secondly work on the amplification of instruments ("close miking") with the aim of creating the illusion of an electric or electronic "machine instrument". He collaborated with Eliane Radigue, Stephen o'Malley (Sunn O ))), Pierre Huyghe, Axel Dorner, Nicolas Collins, Yves-Noel Génot, Jérome Noetinger, Zombie-Zombie, Pierce Warnecke, Polyversal souls, Tobias Delius, Arnaud Rivière, Xavier Charles, Ignaz Schick, Joel Grip, Frédéric Blondy."

-Spektrum Berlin (https://spektrumberlin.de/events/detail/louis-laurain-axel-doerner-335.html)
2/21/2024

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"Pierre Borel is an improviser, composer and saxophonist born in Paris in 1987. He is working in field of improvised and experimental music. He lives in Berlin since 2006, and has performed in several european countries, Japan and USA. He attained a Masterdegree in Jazz Institut Berlin in 2008, and studies philosophy in Paris. Together with Florian Bergmann and Hannes Lingens, he is running the Umlaut Berlin Festival (1rst edition in 2009), and he is part of the european collectif Umlaut."

-Ausland (https://ausland-berlin.de/pierre-borel)
2/21/2024

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Olga Koziel: "I am a singer, I play the trumpet and the traditional drum (baraban), sometimes as well on the piano. I love dancing. I have been interested in traditional music since 2005, when I first heard natural, unrestricted, loud and meaningful singing. It amazed me. Since then I have been learning singing from rural singers, listening to archival recordings and taking part in various singing workshops.

For several years I have been going regularly to Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Serbia in search of forgotten melodies and stories.

In Poland I am fascinated by the Lublin region, where I come from. I devoted the project Volhynia in songs to the songs and stories of the former inhabitants of Volhynia, where my family comes from. I discovered the land of multicolored, multicultural Volhynia.

I really enjoy playing dance music and I'm happy be a member of LUMPEKS playing the baraban. These are mazurkas with a jazz twist! Our debut album will be released soon.

I play the trumpet in the Warsaw-Lublin Brass Band in the traditional repertoire of orchestras from Roztocze Lubelskie and in the band Zvanai - with unexpected improvisations based on Lithuanian Sutartines motifs.

Sometimes I am invited to work on contemporary and experimental music as a singer.

I also try myself in experimental combinations, leading the band The Golden Thousand (voice, tuba, double bass)."

-Olga Koziel Website (http://olgakoziel.pl/en/biogram-2/)
2/21/2024

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"Sébastien Beliah is a Paris-based double bass player and composer. His work is mainly focused on improvisation and oral composition (R.mutt), relationship between composed music and improvisation (Ensemble Hodos), and jazz (Umlaut big band, The Coquettes, Un poco loco). As a double bass player, Sébastien Beliah has performed solo pieces from Hans-Joachim Hespos, James Tenney or Kenneth Gaburo among others. He is also doing improvised solo performance. As a composer, his pieces has been performed by musicians like Félicie Bazelaire, Pierre Borel, Hannes Lingens or the large ensemble ONCEIM. Sébastien Beliah is also deeply involved in the field of education, and teach double bass, jazz and improvisation at the Conservatoire de Reims."

-Umlaut (http://www.umlautrecords.com/people/sebastien-beliah/)
2/21/2024

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"Maria Stępień is a graduate of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, where she studied violin and music therapy. In 2011, she became involved with Polish traditional music. She's been the violinist in such folk bands as Kapela Dobrzeliniacy, Kożuch (formerly Gęsty Kożuch Kurzu), Radical Polish Ansambl, Raraszek, Trancexpress, and Lunaria. She has won numerous prizes in competitions of folk and traditional music, notably the Baszta at the 46th Festival of Folk Bands and Singers in Kazimierz in 2012, the Grand Prix (with Kożuch) at the New Tradition Polish Radio Folk Festival in 2016, and the 2nd Prize (with the Radical Polish Ansambl) in the Folk Recording of the Year competition in 2019. She has performed throughout Poland, gracing the stages of the Polish Radio, Łódź Philharmonic, and the Wszystkie Mazurki Świata / All Mazurkas of the World Festival, and abroad - in Tallinn, Prague, Souve, Vienna, and Moscow.

She runs classes using traditional dances and games for children and adults, into which she incorporates elements of music therapy, and leads folk violin workshops. Furthermore, she works with such organisations as the Muzyka Zakorzeniona Foundation, the Dom Tańca Association and the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, and serves as a board member of the Radykalna Kultura Polska / Radical Polish Culture Foundation."

-EtnoKrakow Rozstaje (http://www.etnokrakow.pl/artists/maria-stepien-1)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Tete Deux Chevals 3:54

2. Le Souterrain 5:13

3. Sobota na Basenie 2:45

4. Dimanche au Telephone 7:44

5. Kujawiak Kombinowany 4:09

6. Double Polka 5:15

7. Bedziem Sie Krezyli 1:16

8. Cafe des Sports 2:47

9. Piatek w Domu 3:57

10. Kmita 6:07

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Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Quintet Recordings
Song Based Music
New in Improvised Music

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