Lado ABC, cd , 2010
Krzysztof Topolski – percussion Tomasz Duda – saxophones
We present an entirely acoustic improvised music performed by a duo: Tomasz Duda – saxophones and Krzysztof Topolski – percussion. An hour-long material full of unexpectedly dramatical twists in plot, sonorist attention to detail and meditation on the mercilessness of time.
„There is a kind of energy that cannot be produced by any device. This energy comes into being in an encounter that has a lot to do with concentration, but also with liberation, with experience, but also with searching, with individuality, but also with communication. This kind of energy is hard to be defined, but easy to be heard. Just like on this record.”
„We’ll continue with some sax-drums duo, now from Poland, with Tomasz Duda on saxophones and Krzysztof Topolski (also known as Arszyn) on percussion. The music does not have the broad range of the Braxton-Hemingway album I reviewed yesterday, but it has the merit of being extremely direct in its expressivity, starting from the absolute basics of rhythm and phrasing, often adventurous and playful at the same time, wondering about the sounds that can erupt out of their instruments, sometimes tribal, sometimes deep into the avant-garde, sometimes barely touching silence, sometimes wild and agitated, yet always hypnotic and compelling, and increasingly so with the sensitive minimalism that ends the album.
Stylistically, they hesitate to chose between jazz, free improv and avant-garde, but that does not go at the expense of the album’s unity. Worth checking out!”
„Arszyn/Duda is a polish duo by Tomasz Duda (saxophones) and Krzystof Topolski (percussion). Topolski is a drummer and sound artist, operating in the field of electronic and electroacoustic music. Arszyn is his alias. Tomasz Duda studied saxophone and got involved in improvised music by participating in many, many workshops. Both gentlemen played with numerous other musicians from Poland, so I suppose both have their place in the polish scene of improvised and experimental music, of which I don,t know anything I have to admit. On their release „Se” they make their statement in three extended improvisations. The improvisations came into being in the studio. „No cuts, no edtis”, we are assured although this is hard to believe in a few passages. Both players have a lot of (extended) techniques at their disposal. And what is more, they use them effectively in creating some inspired improvised music. Especially the expressive playing by Duda is responsible for some outstanding moments in these improvisations, that demonstrate a fine communication between the two. They use all possible registers. Delicate moments are changed for raw outbursts, etc. Sometimes the drummer uses repetitive patterns. Although they stay focussed throughout and they paint varied textures, at times the improvisations are a bit lengthy, and could be more condensed. But above all, we have a fine duo at work here.” (Dolf Mulder) Vital Weekly 727.
photo : Jakub Kudelski, Arkadiusz Tadych