Visitations: Karolina Ossowska​/​Jeff Gburek

by Jeff Gburek Projects



Running time: 68.53 (Published in CD format 2014 by cat of wonders)

Jeff Gburek: prepared, traditional guitars, field recordings, bass baroque recorder, voice, electronics & live-processing. Karolina Ossowska: violin, keyboards, penny-whistle, voice, collages. Recorded & produced by Jeff Gburek in Florence, Italy & Poznan, Poland, 2012-2013.

Special thanks to Asia Zielecka (flute, track 4); Marco Lucchi (compositional “seed” for track 3) Lee Foust (hospitality in Florence where we recorded half the sounds), Omar Misa, Benjamin Silva-Periera & Steven Lee Rees (CD production, design, support).

Our title comes from some very simple physical displacements of political- and psycho-geography. All the tracks were recorded in Florence, Italy and in Poznan between late 2012 and early 2013. While visiting Florence, we composed, improvised, recorded, often mixing in Poznan, Poland. Or, the other way around: recorded in Poznan and mixed in Florence. One can hear the meteorological traces in the field recordings. One thunderstorm in Poznan was used as backdrop for a piece of instrumental improvisation (violin and guitar) recorded in Italy. Thunderstorms recorded in Italy were used later in Poznan in similar manner. These mixtures of atmospheres and body-weathers speak of a twilight world where one cannot distinguish easily whether it is arrival or departure, dawn or evening, that is coming or going. Hence the continual feeling of a potential reversal of time we feel music itself allows. Should we steppe thereinto.

The terrain, as we feel it, seems to extend from the first glimmers of the laminal or archaeological, process-oriented work of recent times, within the multi-dimensional texture of late romanticism and impressionism, detail moving into the crackling brittle. The dimension of noise arriving from overlapping dimensions explored throughout with more determined focus in the sequence “Systematic Structural Instability”, wherein improvised sections where recorded and then subjected to various time-stretch and loop restrictions derived from contemporary economic statistics and the Benford numbers. In these composition we explore the smooth vs. the ruptured. It’s both highly organized on a molecular level and perpetually in disturbance. Classical bowing technique can be slowed down and sped up to be a sequence of morsian bleeps. Literal frogs in the elbow. Flute played by Asia Zielecka, the breath sweet and smooth breaking into sputter and microcosmic indeterminacy…

There is also an “incidental” composer on the album in the presence of Marco Lucchi who proposed via his “5 Keys Piano Project” works be made of only 5 notes. Violinist Karolina Ossowska played 5 times the same 5 notes in various articulations upon the suggestion of Jeff Gburek who recorded and mixed it. Further technical details about Systematic Structural Instability will be posted, perhaps even on this website.

The cover design derives from collages made by Karolina Ossowksa

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released October 17, 2015




Jeff Gburek Projects Poland

guitarist, composer, improvisor, sound artist, prepared guitar, unprepared guitars, stones, found objects, phonography, electronics, digital manipulation.studied Javanese and Balinese gamelan music, developed as a percussionist studied the theories of Partch and Xenakis while working in the dance/theater/butoh project Djalma Primordial Science.STEIM residency and Darmstadt summer. ... more

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