ROTH / ZIMPEL / ZEMLER
Developed through a residency at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków, Alex’s most recent project explores resonances between historical and contemporary Polish-Jewish life and his own experience as a descendent of Polish Jews returning to his ancestral homeland. Building on Alex's previous explorations of identity and heritage such as Otriad, Sefiroth and Arvoles Lloran por Luvia, ROTH / ZIMPEL / ZEMLER represents a new collaboration with two musicians at the forefront of Poland's thriving experimental scene.
A recipient of the prestigious Paszport Polityki, clarinetist/composer/producer Wacław Zimpel is one of the most original and unique talents to have emerged from Poland this millennium. Inspired as much by jazz as by electronics, minimalism and roots music from across the world, his solo releases and myriad collaborations don’t so much blur boundaries as eradicate them altogether.
Hubert Zemler is a percussionist, composer and improviser involved in countless projects across classical, experimental, improv and pop music. These include collaborations with Piotr Kurek (as Piętnastka), Wacław Zimpel (LAM, To Tu Orchestra), Kamil Szuszkiewicz and Mitch & Mitch alongside solo interpretations of renowned composers such as Per Nørgård and Steve Reich.
Field recordings made during Alex’s travels around Poland and Ukraine form the starting-points of this trio’s unique improvisations which, as fans of the band members' prior projects might expect, reference a rich array of contemporary experimental vernacular, from the symphonic ecstasies of Godspeed You! Black Emperor to Colin Stetson's splintering multiphonics and The Necks’ mesmeric long-form trances.
Some of the field recordings made for this project can be heard on SoundCloud here.
“ A beautiful, interesting, great-sounding concert... If you like unusual improvised soundscapes, take the opportunity to hear Roth / Zimpel / Zemler live. ”