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Roman Bunka - Dein Kopf ist ein schlafendes Auto (1980)

Roman Bunka to znakomity i wszechstronny gitarzysta mający na swoim koncie grę w tak znanych niemieckich zespołach jak : Embryo, Missus Beastly, Guru Guru czy Area. Oprócz tego jego artystyczny dorobek obejmuje udaną współpracę z wieloma znanymi i cenionymi twórcami muzyki  etnicznej. Przedstawione na tym albumie nagrania zostały zarejestrowane w legendarnym szwajcarskim Sunrise Studio w dniach 21-28 lipca 1980 a jedna kompozycja na koncercie w Monachium w 1980 roku. Muzyka tu zaprezentowana to wyjątkowe oraz pełne różnorodnych tematów połączenie rocka awangardowego i jazzu z licznymi wycieczkami w orientalne okolice.

Born in 1951, Bunka´s biography may be considered a chapter in contemporary German music history. Working with the pioneering German avant-garde / rock / jazz and world-music group Embryo (portrayed in "Vagabundenkarawane", a documentary by director Werner Penzel) Roman Bunka broke new ground with his Eastern-influenced guitar playing and composing (featured on "Embryo´s Reise", Schneeball Rec.).

In India, in 1976 he performed in concert for the first time with world-renowned percussionist and composer Trilok Gurtu. To pursue his musical development in a microtonal and modal direction, Bunka searched for a second, more suitable stringed instrument. He discovered the Arabic lute or "oud", the fretless mother of the guitar.

His first solo album ("Dein Kopf ist ein schlafendes Auto" recorded in 1980 re-released by ATM-records) presented a blend of avant-garde rock with Oriental melodies. Released in the same period was the more jazz / rock fusion oriented album "Live!", rec. 1979 with the grup Aera. After concerts with Okay Temiz in Turkey, Bunka chose Cairo as his musical refuge in the Arab world during the 1980's.

There he met the immensely popular Nubian singer Mohamed Mounir. They began a collaboration that was to influence the course of Egyptian pop music, lending a note of sophistication and international influence to the genre. One of the many highlights of Bunka´s work with Mounir as arranger and oud soloist, was their appearance in the 1992 Mediterranean Culture Festival in Nimes France, as Egypt´s representatives. (CD: Mohamed Mounir, Line Rec.)

With solo-concerts in Tunis (Festival de la Medina), Cairo, Damascus, Aleppo and Beirut as well as in Lanzarote with the group Vox (CD: Spain to Spain, Erdenklang Rec.); and his performance at the Jazz Festival in Granada, Bunka, according to P. Pannke, brought his "very personal journey to explore the world of Arabic music" closer to a growing world-music audience.

Bunka´s credits as studio musician include work with one of Algeria´s best known singers Hamid Baroudi and the German Ethno-pop group Dissidenten. He also performed with Nagaswaran-player Roland Schaeffer and masterdrummer Paramashivam Pilai, The Karnataka College of Percussion, Charlie Mariano and Edgar Hofmann.

Roman Bunka composed the score and provided musical direction for the feature film "Al Oud" (Director: Fritz Baumann) that won the Gold Hugo at the 1992 Chicago International Film Festival. While shooting, he became involved with the violin virtuoso Abdo Dagir from Cairo, and was largely responsible for introducing the works of this master composer and musician to the Western world. (CD "Malik-a-Taksim" ENJA Rec.) He studied under Abdo Dagir and toured with his ensemble throughout Europe and Egypt.

Bunka wrote musical scores for the films "Warshots" and "Ende einer Reise" by Heiner Stadler (Bavarian Film Prize 1992), and a film based on three short-stories by Paul Bowles entitled "Halbmond" by Frieder Schlaich. This work established Bunka as a composer capable of using his oriental sound collages to skillfully advance the dramatic action in films. In 1998 with the Spanish Flamenco guitarist Tomatito he composed and recorded the music for the film "Bin ich schön!?", directed by the prominent German film director Doris Dörrie. ( Soundtrack on Virgin Rec.)

Crossing over to yet another media, Bunka, in collaboration with Grace Yoon, produced several radio-plays for German Radio. The BBC awarded the "Prix Futura 1993" to the one entitled "Tunguska-Guska". This and Bunka and Yoon´s radio-play "Earborn" are available on CD (Schneeball and Jaro Rec.).

Bunka´s award-winning work also includes the live recording of his project "Color Me Cairo" featuring the Fathy Salama Ensemble from Egypt and Malachi Favors from the legendary "Art Ensemble of Chicago". It appeared on the ENJA label and received the German Record Critics Prize. ("Color me Cairo", ENJA rec.)

Ever the musical pioneer, in 1999 Bunka and his group ( featuring indian percussionist Ramesh Shotam and japanese violinist Hiromi Nishida) performed at the first Oriental-Jazz-Festival in Beirut. To celebrate the new millennium, he participated (with Mal Waldron, Jeanne Lee, Tri-O, Peter Dicke and Blixa Bargeld ) in Grace Yoon´s multimedia-event "Illusion des Endes". (WDR 1999).

The year 2000 was launched at a live concert event in front of the Great Pyramids at Giza with Egyptian singer Mohamed Mounir. Currently he is playing oud in the trio Orientacion with Jost Hecker on cello and Luis Borda on acoustic guitar.(progarchives)

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