Kolkowski Solo
Preis / Price : 15.08 €
Bestell-Nr. / Purchase Order No. : ASC CS CD40
Aleksander Kolkowski solo Stroh violin & gramophone
 Portrait in Shellac (2000) for Stroh violin & gramophone (01. - 07.) 32:44
Vorspiel: In Sanssouci - Marschlied 04:04
Origins of Jazz 05:13
Odeon Männer 02:48
Estrellita - zärtlich 04:08
Mou..ha..lo..ha..Ka..wa..wa 02:26
Fats Surprise Imagined 06:48
The Nevsky Train after Gardiner 07:17
Wasserhimmel (2000)
for Stroh violin and tape
The Bihor Apostle (2000)
for violonfón
Robin Hayward: Crank Start
Crank Start (2000) for Stroh violin
Total time:  59:51

Produced by ASC Records, Macclesfield, Cheshire (England), SK11 8)
Recorded during September, October & November 2000 @ Tonus Arcus Studio, Berlin (Germany)
Executive Producer: Aleksander Kolkowski
Recording Producers: Aleksander Kolkowski & Dietrich Petzold
Digital Recording & Mix: Dietrich Petzold
Digital Editing & Mastering: Dietrich Petzold & Aleksander Kolkowski
Photos: Anja Fuchs
Design: Anja Fuchs, Steve Plews
Liner Notes: Aleksander Kolkowski
© GEMA 2000

First published in June 2001
PORTRAIT IN SHELLAC is the first disc of its kind: a solo C.D. of new compositions and improvisations featuring the rarely seen or heard Stroh violin, accompanied by it's begetter: the wind-up gramophone. In addition to programme notes, the 12-page booklet gives a detailed history of this fascinating instrument.
The Stroh is distinguished by its large aluminium horn and diaphragm amplification system that replaces the hollow body and soundpost of a conventional violin. It was invented by John Matthias Augustus Stroh in London - 1899, for the early horn gramophone and phonograph recording studios, as normal stringed instruments were insufficiently directional. The Stroh's construction is based on the same principle as the sound box and horn of a gramophone.
The sweet nostalgic tone of the Stroh is combined with the surface noises of heavily worn maltreated and modified 78 r.p.m. shellac discs, as well as sounds from the gramophone mechanism itself in a seven-part musical assemblage. Many new sounds and techniques of playing are incorporated that are not possible on a conventional fiddle. Also appearing on this recording is the Transsylvanian Violinofón - a folk instrument based on the Stroh violin still made today in a remote region of Romania.

The London born, Berlin based violinist and composer Aleksander Kolkowski calls on a varied international career in new and experimental music and music-theatre. He is principally known as an improviser, having appeared in major festivals worldwide and on numerous CD releases with leading artists. This is his first solo C.D. which also features Crank Start, specially composed for him by the British composer Robin Hayward where the Stroh violin also closely imitates the mechanical sounds of a wind-up gramophone.

Excerpt from the Booklet:
(...) But perhaps the most surprising is its huge potential for experimental music-making: Capable of producing a variety of unusual sounds that are quite impossible on a conventional violin, the Stroh is a gift to the adventurous player and composer. Many of these sounds can be heard on this recording and are created by new, self-developed playing techniques presented here for the first time on CD.
Aleksander Kolkowski

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