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PAUL WIRKUS

Paul Wirkus, born 1967 in Poland and resident of Cologne. Since the late 90 he has won acclaim for several projects and releases of modern improv and minimal electronica. His works have been reviewed and lauded by magazines such as The Wire, Pitchfork, De:Bug, Spex, etc. The Album Inteletto d`Amore(Quecksilber/Staubgold) was month`s selected CD in The Wire in march 2004. New solo release Déformation Professionnelle (Staubgold).
Apart from his solo program, Wirkus is also collaborating with other musicians, e.g. Barbara Morgenstern, Stefan Schneider (To Rococo Rot) , Johannes Frisch (Kammerflimmer Kollektief), Mikolaj Trzaska. Live on festivals: SONAR, Barcelona; Musique Volantes, Paris; c/o pop, Cologne; Les Urbaines, Lausanne; Wien Modern, Vienna.

His last LP: FOREST FULL OF DRUMS (LP, Staubgold)  Mapstation / Paul Wirkus 

"Everything was already there. The trees, the wind, the birds, the muddy soil, the undergrowth, playing children, people taking walks, the distant hum of a motorway and airplanes above. We arrived there as beginners. We had to wait for the right weather, to look for a good spot, to practice patience, to carry the drum kit through the bush and to set it up and start playing and recording. Daylight was all that was needed. It had begun as a fantasy, a vague and simple picture that you carry with you. Derived from the joy of being outside in nature: a drum kit standing in a forest. What would it sound like if you play and record it there? The forest as a resonating space. A room where you are inside and outside at once. Sometimes it looks like a friendly home and at other times becomes an eerie sea. A space in which the ancient sounds of the world meet the sounds of civilization. If you stand in one spot it is difficult to recognize where the sounds are coming from and whom or what they belong to. Playing and recording there was very far from being in a perfectly controlled studio situation. First we started hitting the drums we brought and then later on we started picking up sticks and branches, tossing around big logs and becoming curious about what they would sound like. The forest had slowly changed our initial ideas in an elegant way. It enabled us to make music with just what we found and what was there. In the very moment that we wanted to do it, we simply had to dive into it, look underneath. Then the world became a bigger place than it was before."Paul Wirkus: drums, cymbals, branches, leaves, air improvisationsStefan Schneider (Mapstation): steps, recording, editing, mixing VideosMusik




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