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Vlastislav Matoušek & The Magic Carpathians - Wabi, Sabi, Shibumi (2009)


Album zawiera nagrania z drugiego koncertu (19.01.2007) Karpat Magicznych z Vlastislavem Matouškiem (flet shakuhachi) w Muzeum Manggha w Krakowie. Zapis ten muzycy udostępnili światu po raz pierwszy w 2008 roku w limitowanym nakładzie, poprzez małe wydawnictwo Reverb Worship z Wielkiej Brytanii, pod tytułem "Sambucus & Ginko". Płyta "Sambucus & Ginko" została przyjęta i recenzowana poza naszym krajem niezwykle pozytywnie, dlatego po odczekaniu roku artyści zdecydowali się wydać ją ponowwnie w identycznej formie pod szyldem World Flag Records jako "Wabi, Sabi, Shibumi".


Concert recorded at Manggha Center in Kraków (Magic Carpathians with guest appearance of shakuhachi player from Prague, Vlastislav Matoušek), part of this session has appeared as “Sambucus & Gingko” on Reverb Worship.

Vlastislav Matoušek - A shakuhachi player and recording artist living in the Czech Republic. He studied composition and music theory at the faculty of music of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where since 1991 he has been a lecturer on ethnomusicology. In 1996 he went to Japan on a fellowship awarded by the Japan Foundation to study shakuhachi playing with Mitsuhashi Kifu and Japanese traditional music with Professor Yamaguti Osamu. As a theoretician he is concerned with the music of extra-European cultures, exotic and folk musical instruments, rhythm and kinetics. He is also active as a music journalist, working primarily for Czech Radio in Prague. He is a composer of eccentric musical works that frequently make use of exotic instruments and electronics, and he demonstrates a preference for non-traditional expressive means and compositional procedures. As a performer - primarily on the Japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi, but also on other exotic and folk instruments from his own vast collection. He also performs medieval and traditional East Bohemian folk music on various instruments including the 'moldanky' bagpipes and the hurdy-gurdy. Since 1979 he has been playing meditational and orient-inspired music on various exotic instruments including ethnic percussion (tabla, dholak, Tibetan bowls etc) and ethnic flutes as a member of the ensemble Relaxace. (komuso)

The Magic Carpathians Project has been active since 1998, established by Anna Nacher and Marek Styczynski (who previously had been a leader Theatre of Sound ATMAN). Influenced by musical traditions of Eastern and Central Europe (most notably the multicultural region of Carpathians mountains, spanning through Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia), free jazz, the philosophy of sound of classical Indian music and contemporary classic the duo creates compositions based on improvisation using plethora of traditional instruments from Asia, Europa and Australia. Prepared electric guitar, home-made analog electronics, field recordings made during their numerous travels around the world and bastardised radio waves add up to the distinct atmosphere of their music. Anna Nacher is also praised for her vocal technique - she has mastered various types of traditional styles of singing known as throat singing, developped through Central Asia and Eastern Europe. She regularly run voice trainings through a series of workshops (Poland, Greece, Germany, Slovenia).

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