Tomasz Sroczynski – Symphony n°2 / Highlander [CD]
Catalogue No.: MT13CD
Release Date: 19 Nov 2021
Mind Travel serie’s newcomer, Tomasz Sroczynski, a young Polish composer and violinist, offers us an exhilarating and profoundly audacious work. Born on 25 December 1987 in Radomsko, and now dwelling by the Polish mountains near Babia Góra, his work, based on improvisation, oscillates between contemporary and electronic music. Still little known in France, he has already collaborated with many talented Polish artists: clarinettist Jerzy Mazzoll, with whom Tomasz Sroczynski worked on an improvised version of Stravinsky’s «Rite of Spring». Saxophonist Marek Pospieszalski, with whom he recorded the album «Bareness». And above all Jacek Sienkiewicz, a key figure in Polish electronic music, who is also the founder of Recognition Records, a label that has also produced two albums by Tomasz Sroczynski. Symphony No. 2 / Highlander is a dazzling work, music that shatters our daily lives with a bang and inevitably in- trudes upon us. From the very first movement, ‘Adagio Pastorale’, the violin’s vibrations, through their repetitions and amplifications, draw us irresistibly into the heart of a whirlwind from which it will be difficult to escape. We immediately perceive the spontaneity and sincerity of this promising artist. Using a sampler and a harmoniser, Tomasz Sroczynski creates numerous loops that he organises and superimposes, making his work unexpected and innovative: a consummate art of improvisation that makes his creation unique and original. Like nature, alternately peaceful and impetuous, Tomasz Sroczynski passionately alternates phases of serenity and agitation. Tomasz Sroczynski is a symphony in his own right. Far from the traditional methods of composition, his album surprises by its vitality and authenticity. His influences are multiple, one naturally thinks of the great Polish composers of the 20th century: Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Penderecki, Górecki, Kilar. But Tomasz Sroczynski also seems to worship the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and also evokes finding his inspiration in techno, that of Detroit and, more recently, German minimalist techno.
Track list: 1. Moderato Pastorale 2. Adagio 3. Diablak 4. Highlander
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