Dla Konrada (For Konrad)





On 20 September 2013 Konrad Chyl, a Lublin-based experimental musician, improviser, composer, animator of the free improv music scene, suddenly passed away. Almost a month later, over a dozen musicians paid (and played) their tribute to Konrad at the Eufemia Club in Warsaw. They were: Ksawery Wójciński, Piotr Dąbrowski, Ray Dickaty, Olga Koter, Mateusz Wysocki, Mateusz Romanowski, Olgierd Dokalski, Wojtek Kurek, Bartek Kalinka, Tomasz Wegner, Wojciech Kwapisiński, Kamil Szuszkiewicz, Darek Pietraszewski, Łukasz Sosiński, Gamid, Ibadullayev, Bartosz Tkacz.

This album was recorded live on 17 October 2013 in the Eufemia Club in Warsaw
Mastering: Marcin Dymiter

A note from the participating musicians:
This recording came into existence out of grief and loss. We were able to invite over a dozen musicians to bid Konrad Chyl farewell the best way we could. That special evening many people, often key figures of the contemporary experimental and progressive music scene in Poland, attended our on-stage tribute. But primarily, we were not let down by the listeners, who came in droves, and without whom what are doing as musicians and composers would not make any sense at all. We spent quality time together at the Eufemia club – we came there to collectively thank Konrad Chyl for his musical output and what he stood for. Some of us, his collaborators, co-created with him sounds so unique that they defy repetition or replication. All of us wish to continue his artistic legacy, pushing the envelope of music. We are aware that there are countless others out there willing to give their support to these words. This note is the space for them. All his life Konrad Chyl desired music that happened that evening – music that contains something more, something else.

Konrad Chyl (1984-2013) – musician, improviser, composer. Konrad Chyl played in a number of bands and was involved in many musical projects: zuBrad, zuBra2, zuBra1, EchamiXu, gdula#harp, harpakahylo, kr39, LUV, The Great Learning Collective, and kkDuo. He participated in live and studio sessions of improvised music, playing the drums, the turntable, electronics, and objects, alongside Joel Grip, Robin Hayward, Ilia Belorukov, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Pierre Borel, Krzysztof “Arszyn” Topolski, and Jerzy Mazzoll. He was tutored by among others John Tilbury and Walter Thompson. He was looking for his own, unique mode of artistic operation (“sound situation”), located at the crossroads of a concert and a sound installation. He wrote music for Lublin Dance Theatre’s “Kosmos”. At Lublin’s Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives “Crossroads” he curated and organised “AudioLogie”, a series of meetings-cum-artistic events devoted to the art of sound, soundscapes, and improvised music, as well as contributed considerably to the artistic programme of the John Cage Year in Lublin. He died on 20 September 2013.

Kaiser Söze Foundation, Lublin 2014

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