Ottaven + Piotr Kurek
Piotr Kurek is a Warsaw based musician and multi-instrumentalist who straddles the world of electronic music and minimalism with an inspiringly novel approach. A firm characteristic of his work is diversity, through his unconventional use of various electronic instruments and synthesisers he built a reputation for himself as a qualified inventor of hypnotic worlds drenched in uncanny arrangements. Known from his numerous aliases, albums released for Black Sweat Records, Hands In The Dark, Dunnom, Crónica, Foxy Digitalis, Sangloplasmo and collaborations (most notably with Sylvia Monnier as Suaves Figures, Hubert Zemler as Piętnastka and Francesco de Gallo as ABRADA) and rather peculiar DJ sets (as one of the founders of Warsaw’s Smutaż parties). His newly released album “Polygome”for French label Hands In The Dark gives us another idiosyncratic form of musical language and an exceptional original recording. His creative energy takes us on an entrancing tour around a collection of modern, cubic and art brut tunes, where architectural fantasies co-exist with humorous, colourful portraits. He creates shapes which are full of surprises and mystery.
Kurek has participated in numerous music festivals including Unsound, CTM, OFF, TodaysArt and UH Fest as well as participating in extensive tours in Poland and abroad. In 2014 and 2015 he opened for Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s two European mini- tours. In 2016 he has be selected as a part of Shape platform for innovative music and audiovisual art from Europe
Ottaven exists since 2003 and is the the audio project of Canedicoda, a multi-disciplinary artist who works in music, performance, fashion and design. He is also currently active playing in Primorje, Tambour Doux and has 24 years long project as duo with the dancer Roberta Mosca called Musica per un giorno. Mainly his idea of sound is a result of minimal inputs, poor electronics, spurious rhythms, fragrant loops, field recordings, far voices and memories of objects. Improvised compositions that go drifting up to get stuck in the interludes of their exhaustion developing new immaginary landscapes, time-space introspective and relaxing areas.