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!

[ If you like the tunes, you can buy full album at sluchaj.bandcamp.com/album/bessarabian-journey ]

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.

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released December 3, 2016

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

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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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