Wacław Zimpel – Lines

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[ Instant Classic, 2016 ]

Polish clarinetist and improviser Wacław Zimpel has slowly built his name over the years through collaborations with other acclaimed musicians, such as Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake or Evan Ziporyn. In 2016, he released his solo album under the name Lines to explore the possibilities of minimalism and polirythmia and the results are glorious. Influenced by La Monte Young, Terry Riley or Steve Reich, Zimpel builds cascading, multi-level compositions which build layers upon layers of melodies and interlocking melodies using the clarinet as the main instrument, often adding long, sprawling droning notes to enhance the mood. Highly recommended!

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