Monday, May 1, 2017

Algorhythm - Mandala (ALPAKA RECORDS 2017)

One can grasp "Mandala" from many perspectives - first, as music from the heart and as flow. But beyond these concepts we all naturally understand, it can also be grasped on a higher level of complexity, via intellect and under a microscope. One could then notice layers of detail, rhythmic and harmonic textures, various percolating genres and free improv expression.

The album is the product of the cumulative experience of the musicians that comprise Algorhythm. Musicians whose roots stem from work with well known performers such as Leszek Możdżer, Tymon Tymański and Sławek Jaskułke - as well as committed work on their own projects. “Mandala” is therefore the product of musical, as well as personal explorations of the collective’s members.

The album’s title is tied to the tibetan monks’ tradition of mandalas - layered, gossamer designs of colored sand, cast on a circle within a square. Their subsequent destruction is meant to remind one of the ever-changing nature of things. In this way, the band indicates their readiness for change, the destruction of their own efforts to build compositions.

“Mandala” is the fruit of a winter recording session in “Monochrom” studio located in wilderness among mountains. It was mixed at “Bass Hit” Studio in New York City by Grammy winning engineer Dave Darlington (Wayne Shorter’s “Alegria”, Madonna’s “Erotica”).

01. Mandala (Intro) 1:52
02. Taco Taco 7:06
03. Friendship 6:09
04. VJ 5:07
05. Kenef 1:35
06. Mandala 3:09
07. Ribbons 5:18
08. Alpaca Dream 8:30
09. Ambrosia 3:15
10. Oizde 1:33
11. Jasmine Vines 6:14

Emil Miszk - trumpet
Piotr Chęcki - tenor saxophone
Simon Burnos - piano
Krzysztof Słomkowski - double bass
Sławek Koryzno - drums