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Skalpel

Scena SECOND STAGE
04.10.2014 godz 22:00
Skalpel - If Music Was That Easy
Skalpel - Shivers

In 2001 SKALPEL  (duo, established by composers and producers from Wrocław, Poland) submitted  their sensational Polish Jazz demo to the famous British record label Ninja  Tune. They got signed and released with Ninja worldwide two acclaimed albums   Skalpel and Konfusion.
 
SKALPEL’S  trademark is  sampling Polish jazz of the 1960s and the 1970s, constructing their own  original vision of contemporary sound, combining what is best in jazz, hip hop  and club music but this is pretty much just a very short description of what  SKALPEL’s eclectic approach to music evolved into over the years. Their albums  still hold a high place in the rankings of the best Polish albums of the  previous decade.
 
The prelude of their talent was presented on  the Sculpture EP from 2003. One of the biggest Polish dailies classified them  among the top five most important records with new Polish jazz. One year  later, the duo released their debut album Skalpel. Sculpture and Skalpel were  extremely well received by fans and critics all over the world. The reviewers  were in agreement: The Poles contributed a breath of fresh air into the  somewhat dull language of contemporary electronic music – apart from jazz  inspirations, their sound reveals knowledge of the hip hop as well as the  achievements of new electronic music. Skalpel album charted among Albums of  the Year  according to DJ Magazine. The album was also nominated for the  BBC Gilles Peterson Worldwide Music Awards 2004. In BBC’s opinion, the band is  musically near The Cinematic Orchestra, however with a more minimalistic,  Eastern European twist.  SKALPEL’s second album, Konfusion, also turned  out to be an artistic success, leading the duo to win the prestigious  Polityka’s Passports Award.
 
After taking a few years off  to  work on their solo projects Igor and Marcin came back in 2012 initially for a  one off show - Polish Icons at Sacrum Profanum Festival in Kraków where they  presented a very daring, yet still stylistically truly their own take on four  of the best known Polish contemporary music composers (Penderecki, Kilar,  Lutosławski, Gorecki). The reviews were so positive that SKALPEL decided to  come back for more live shows in 2013 as they continued to work on their new  album. They have also released their first new track since 2005 „If Music Was  That Easy“, featured on „IF“ compilation released by Ninja and IF Music.  

Currently Skalpel is about to release their first EP after the break.  How will Skalpel 2014 sound like? Stay tuned.  

 
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