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Tense, agitated pieces for cello and electronics. RIYL Mica Levi, Giacinto Scelsi, Hildur Guddnadottir
FatCat’s impeccable 130701 label reveal the haunting solo debut of Karolina Rec a.k.a. Resina with her eponymous suite of alternately delicate and powerful string compositions.
After introductions made on the Eleven Into Fifteen (A 130701 Compilation), the Polish cellist’s Resina pursues her improvised practice into a blend of live playing processed with simple electronic tools, resulting a series of refractive solo dialogues ranging from tense, hi-wire flights to naturally playful representations of organic landscapes thru to cinematic, nerve-biting bleakness and chamber pieces joined by sweeping choral arrangements, always searching for a uniquely biting tone from her instrument.
“Born 1982, Karolina graduated from the Music Academy in Gdansk and the University of Gdansk. Active in Poland’s independent music scene since the late ’00s, she was co-founder / collaborator of some of Poland’s most influential alternative bands: Kings of Caramel, Cieslak and Princess, Nathalie And The Loners, Anthony Chorale and more. She has featured on numerous album releases and soundtracks (including the Oscar-nominated ‘Rabbit a la Berlin’), and has been the author of a dozen music productions for theatre. A compulsive live artist, Karolina’s style is primarily characterized by personal language of improvisation and alternative approach to melody. She has collaborated with Scott McCloud, Paul Brody, Piotr Kurek, Coldair, Scianka and many other artists.”