Bessarabian Journey (alt. takes)

by Marcin Olak Quartet

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Bessarabian Journey is released by Fundacja Słuchaj, but we decided to give you alternate takes for free. Enjoy!

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It has all begun with music of Bessarabian Jews - BTW. Bessarabia is a historical region in Eastern Europe, it used to be between Dniestr and Prut rivers, where Moldova an Ukraine are now. Bessarabia is gone, and so is its music - I had to look for it in old scores and recordings. Found tunes were incorporated in modern compositions - it's jazz, mixed with contemporary improvised music.

Everything was recorded live - no editing, overdubs or studio magic of any kind was used - on March 3rd, in NInA (Warsaw, PL) and mixed by Michał Kupicz.

Our premiere performance took place in Polin Museum, Warsaw, PL, on 2016 April 14th., during New Jewish Music festival.


released December 3, 2016

Marcin Olak - guitar, Maciek Szczyciński - bass, Patryk Zakrocki - viola, Krzysztof Szmańda - drums




Marcin Olak Warsaw, Poland

Guitarist, composer, improvising and experimenting musician. He moves between various styles: jazz, classical and contemporary pieces, from fully composed pieces to improvised music. Marcin Olak peforms solo and with various bands: from free-jazz combos, through classical guitar ensambles, to the symphony orchestra. ... more

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