Thursday, March 5, 2015

Recording: Tomasz Krakowiak & Michelangelo Iaffaldano

Artist: Tomasz Krakowiak & Michelangelo Iaffaldano

Song: [excerpt from second piece]

Recorded at The Tranzac – Main Hall ("Somewhere There Creative Music Festival" – Show 4), February 22, 2015.

Tomasz Krakowiak & Michelangelo Iaffaldano - [excerpt from second piece]

One of the most intriguing sets of the entire festival was a late addition, not even appearing in the program. Tomasz Krakowiak is perhaps the most subtle percussionist in the city, relying on quiet rustlings and rubbings on his drumhead with seeming disconcern for his instrument's rhythmic possibilities, while Michelangelo Iaffaldano is a musical polymath, seemingly able to MacGyver sounds from any instrument or object. He started this set on violin (played resting on his knee) for an exceptional bit of minimalist interaction with Krakowiak; things got louder on the second, longer piece, where Iaffaldano switched to guitar, which he played by bowing a metal rack that was held against the strings. Incredible stuff.

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