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According to Zbigniew Chojnacki, he can be inspired by a washing machine or an empty chair in the middle of a stage. Or an old accordion, surrounded by effect pedals, loop machines and other landmines of sound.

This is the set-up that the Polish musician currently uses to generate new ideas and truly unexpected sounds. Often dismissed as a sort of “folklore jukebox”, Pauline Oliveros has already demonstrated the possibilities hidden within the humble accordion. In Chojnacki’s hands, the instrument is in a permanent state of metamorphosis. At one point, it seems to be a cross between a typewriter and a bellows. At first meditative like an endless drone, then exhilarating like a washing machine drum during a spin cycle.


Zbigniew Chojnacki — accordion, electronics


Date: 31.07.2021
Location: Radialsystem
Promoter: A L’ARME! Festival
Video: Beat Halberschmidt
Light: Luigi Kovács
Mix & Mastering: Beat Halberschmidt
Recording: Utku Tavil & Franz Hanemann

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