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TATVAMASI (PL)

TATVAMASI (PL)

2012 was the year that a new, outstanding formation - Tatvamasi - emerged on the musical map of Lublin. And it was a strong entrance - their EP with kind of surreal title - The Peloton of Unsettled Cyclists was a real blast.

Since then, it was just like in a Hitchcock movie - the tension has been constantly building up. Their debut album -Parts of the Entirety (2013)- caused quite a mess, and not only on the Polish music scene. Once noted and appreciated, they were given the opportunity to record their debut album at the American Cuneiform Records. Cuneiform is an iconic record company, widely known among prog-rock and avant-garde rock enthusiasts, it is -let's say- a custodian for Canterbury Scene achievements.

Tatvamasi's European tour was widely and positively received and reviewed at press. Their uniqueness consists of many features, including the Slavic sensitivity of the leader (who also formed the Santa Claus Orchestra and Ann of the Green Gables) filtered through progressive, jazz-rock narrative, enriched with elements of avant-garde, free jazz and free improvisation. Joggling with conventions and improvising, they create their own puzzle. Among their inspirations we've got the already mentioned Canterbury Scene (Soft Machine, Gong), krautrock (Amon Düll II, Can) and New York Downtown Scene.

They share the ease, the sense of humour and absurd and a total lack of pomposity with the Englishmen from Canterbury; the raw, underground energy and pulsations with krautrock and the avant-garde (minimalism, sonorism) mixed with ethnic inspirations (Slavic and Jewish folklore, and Arabic scales) with the Downtown Scene. Tatvamasi is eclectic - jazz freedom of improvisation, rock sensibility upbeat with black blues and psychedelia, funky freedom and joy for music plus some serious folklore romanticism. This mishmash, seemingly insane and chaotic, is simultaneously precise, deliberate and pleasantly melodic.

Tatvamasi:
Anna Witkowska – violin
Małgorzata Pietroń – cello
Michał Ostrowski – violin
Grzegorz Lesiak - guitar, compositions
Tomasz Piątek – tenor sax
Łukasz Downar – bass guitar
Krzysztof Redas - drums

Reviews:
Tatvamasi is yet another iconoclasticm genre-hopping outfit. The group ploughs new musical furrows on Parts of the Entirety, framing its compositions around Slavic folk rhythms and melodic ornamends delivered with a rock attitude… Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record

Tatvamasi deals out all of moders jazz’s best traits-playful performances, major/minor key ambivalence, asymmetric song shapes and the occasional art of the unlikely melody. It’s the sound of things coming together. Better than The A-Team. John Garrat, Popmatters

Admirers of fellow Cuneiform Records artists, Gutbucket and Led Bib or other groups embracing the jazz-rock and progressive rock genres may find a lot to get revved up about with the Polish quartet Tatvamasi … Glenn Astarita, All About Jazzi

Tatvamasi have made a new thing and it’s a good new thing. The textures are mostly in rhythmsection-plus-lead territory and much of Parts of the Entirety’s emotional power comes from the committed playing and engaged interactions of the musicians, but there’s a sense of adventure that departs completely from the procedural conservatism of most modern jazz. Yet another fabulously inventive and beautifully performed release from Cuneiform… Olivier Arditi

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