My Trio Sphere has recently released an album SYNESTHESIA in slovakian record label called Hevhetia. Even though I have spent endless hour in studio before, and have recorded many tracks and EP’s, this is a debute CD-album both for this trio and for me. The official albums release date is late december 2014, but the CD was first available in january 2015. Together with a young artist from Poland we designed a beautiful art-cover, that we are all fond of, and the music we composed is collecting very good, encouraging reviews all around the world.
Review from Adam Baruch:
This is the debut album by Polish trio Sphere, which comprises of vocalist / composer Ania Rybacka, guitarist / composer Marek Kadziela and clarinetist / composer Kuba Dybzynski. The album presents eleven relatively short original compositions, seven of which were composed by Rybacka, one by Kadziela and three by Dybzynski.
Stylistically Sphere crosses genres and styles freely from one composition to another and often even within one composition, moving from clear melodic statements to Jazzy improvisations and even a serene form of Improvised Music bordering on avant-garde. The unusual lineup produces a unique and quite unusual sound environment, in which the human voice is treated as an instrument, playing along with the two instruments. The trio often uses a technique where two of the three members play / sing more or less unisono and the third instrument / voice plays “against” the duo, as if on a separate plane. This allows for a multitude of different combinations, which save the album from being repetitive or monotonous.
Rybacka sings wordless vocalese on all the tunes, except for the last piece on the album, which uses a poem by Polish poetesses Wislawa Szymborska (translated into English) as spoken lyrics. She also multi-tracks her voice to create a chorus effect and uses electronics to synthesize many different vocal effects. The guitar, although electrically amplified and the clarinet stick to natural acoustic sound. The resulting harmony and sound of the trio is quite eerie at times, but does not cross the border into cacophony.
The most important factor of this album is the endeavor to search for new forms of expression, in an intimate environment and without stylistic limitations. These three young musicians are all well established Artists by now and Sphere is just one of several different projects they are all involved with. They obviously share the vision of creating new musical vistas and expanding the horizons, which by itself is commendable.
This is not easy music by any means, even if it is mostly intimate and low-key. It requires from the listener a certain level of attention and dedication, as well as open-mindedness, involved with both intellectual and emotional process of absorption. But since ambitious music is never easy, the effort required to listen to this music is refunded in full eventually. Definitely a worthy effort which should make the band members proud and a high quality debut album by all means!
The album was recorded in Holy Sea Studio in winter 2013.
CDs are available here:
The cover artwork was made by Marcjanna Urbanska:
Listen to interview with Piotr Bielawski, about working on synethesia album, Radio Lodz (in polish)