On July 27th Ersatz Recordings (a sub-label of Instant Classic) will release “Obertasy” – an instrumental album from Opla. Opla is a duo of Piotr Bukowski (Xenony, Duży Jack, Javva) and Hubert Zemler (Wacław Zimpel’s LAM, Zebry a Mit, Istina).
“It may appear that Polish traditional music is currently experiencing some kind of a revival,” Zemler says. “There are music festivals focused on folk that are really interesting, there are a few publications touching on past and current folk arts and our old masters are finally getting some wider appreciation,” he adds.
Bukowski and Zemler got into Polish folk music quite late and maybe that’s what drove them towards taking an experimental approach to their “Obertasy” project. What they did could be summed up as an alternative version of history where sampling devices and computers never reached Poland and urban-based performers carry on the traditio....... more