Lino Capra Vaccina (IT)
Lino Capra Vaccina (b. 1953), a composer and percussionist based in Milan, is one of the true maestros of the extraordinary Italian minimalism. He started his musical career as a member of the pioneering band Aktuala, which developed a hybrid of rock, avantgarde and traditional music from around the world and of the ancient past. This was shortly followed by collaborations with italian superstar Franco Battiato as a percussionist and co-author, before Vaccina went on to create one of the masterpieces of minimalist music and italian psychedelia – Antico Adagio in 1978.
Long out of print Antico Adagio was unearthed and re-released by the Milan-based Die Schactel in 2015, and after that Vaccina has released several new solo and collaborative albums on the Dark Companion label. Vaccina took strong influence from the American strain of minimalism like Philip Glass and Steve Reich but went down a different path to fulfil his vision. Often utilizing vibraphone, marimba, gongs, piano and all sorts of percussion instruments Vaccina creates compositions that lead you into an undefinable realm, so rich in texture, tone and resonance.
In all of Lino Capra Vaccina’s music there is a warmth and elegance present alongside a deep focus on creating a sonic world that matches his ever present high ambitions.
Kapela Maliszów (PL)
The Malisz family originates in Męcina Mała, a small village in the Beskid Niski region of the Western Carpathians and Multiinstrumentalist Jan Malisz started Kapela Maliszów with his children, Kacper and Zuzanna to continue the family’s rich tradition of music. Jan Malisz was himself taught the basics of a variety of instruments by his father Jozef and today, as well as playing them, he builds violins, hurdy-gurdys, nyckelharpas and pipes in his workshop.
The trio is inspired by traditional music from the Beskid Niski and Pogorze region, where the folk songs and dance music is traditionally played with a violin, a basolia (similar to a cello) and a drum leaving much room for improvisation and freedom. The band’s compositions are characterised by fiery, trance-like mazurkas driven by the precariously proficient violin playing of Kacper, the haunting voice of Zuzanne and the organic improvisatory interplay of a family brought up on music.
They’ve previously performed at Ethniesy Festival, Womex Festival and with our very own friends, Fanø Free Folk Festival.
Šimanský – Niesner (CZ)
Jakub Šimanský and Tomáš Niesner have been friends for over twenty years and shared the stage in bands like Vlněna, Fotbal and the noise rock band Unna. Some years ago Šimanský picked up the acoustic guitar and released his debut solo record Face to Face
Against American Primitivism in Eastern Europe Vol. I. A couple of years later Niesner joined his old bandmate and the duo released Tance Neznámé (Unknown Dances) on the Stoned to Death label and contributed to the Imaginational Anthem Vol. X released on Tompkins Square label in 2020.
Focusing solely on acoustic guitars Šimanský – Niesner don’t hide their inspirations from american primitivism and all that follows with nontraditional tunings, bluegrass rhythms and the mantric repetitions found in asian spiritual music. But Šimanský – Niesner also add their own dash of czech country-folk romanticism to the mix.
Blue Lake (US/PL/SE/DK)
Blue Lake started several years ago as a vessel for Jason Dungan’s solo recordings and collaborations, based around an interest in the post-jazz improvised music of the 1970s and 80s, folk and new age music and instrument-building. After a discovery of a traditional zither in a Swedish loppis, Dungan began building a range of multi-string instruments, modeled on the zither but taking elements from the guitar, banjo and koto.
In the past two years, Dungan has recorded and performed solo as Blue Lake, releasing LPs and cassettes. Blue Lake has recently begun performing live with a larger group, which also includes Carolyn Goodwin, Maria Dybbroe, and Nicole Hogstrand. Blue Lake has performed solo or as a band at Momentum (Odense), Den Frie (Cph), Polychrome (Cph), and Menue (Cph).
For FoEG, Blue Lake will play as a quartet, performing a single piece of music that uses the zither as a conducting element to guide an extended improvisation, and the participants will be Jason Dungan (US) on a self-built zither and clarinet, Tomo Jacobson (PL) on upright bass and reeds, Pauline Hogstrand (SE) on viola, and Oliver Laumann (DK) on percussion.