Z’EV and KARL J. PALOUČEK COLLABORATION ALBUM, “CITIES & RAILS”

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“This is a great work.” — Vital Weekly
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MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis-based AFTER MUSIC RECORDINGS announces the release and availability of a new CD collaboration between percussion pioneer Z’EV and Chicago-based sound artist Karl J. Palouček. Cities & Rails finds both working in metal percussion and reworking each other’s results.
The disc’s first piece, “Rail,” has Palouček building up a ringing edifice of tension out of simple metal materials, rhythm and dissonance. Z’EV, in his own inimitable way, employed his considerable talents as an electronic composer to take this piece and rework it three times, each time extracting fine textures and sonorities out of the source material that lay buried well beneath the surface.
“Three Cities” takes the rather rash step of turning the legendary solo percussionist Z’EV into an ensemble experience. Working with three performances recorded in Cagliari, Italy, Reykjavik, Iceland, and , Poland, Palouček exploited the consistency of Z’EV’s innate natural rhythm to create a wholly new work that resonates with the brilliance of Z’EV’s catacoustical events while offering the opportunity to experience expanded dimensions of his particular genius through judiciously sculpted polyrhythms.
Cities & Rails Tracklist:
1: Rail 2: 7m 27s 3: 8m 9s 4: 6m 33s 5: Three Cities
About Z’EV: Conceptual artist, percussionist, sound artist, scholar and poet, Stefan Weisser began playing the drums at age 4. After studying various world music traditions at CalArts, he moved to New York City from San Francisco in 1979, and adopting the name Z’EV, began creating his own percussion sounds out of industrial materials for a variety of record labels. His work with performance/noise percussion broke new ground and drew the attention of rock symphonist Glenn Branca, dancer Simone Forti, guitarist Rudolph Grey and just about everybody related to the downtown scene. His work with text and sound
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has been influenced by Kabbalah, as well as African, Afro-Caribbean and Indonesian music and culture. He has studied Ewe (Ghana) music, Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala.
In 1983, critic Roy Sablosky wrote: “Z’EV doesn't just break the rules, he changes them.” Journalist Louis Morra wrote in 1983: “Z’EV is a consummate example of contemporary performance art, as well as modern composition and theater. ... Z’EV realizes many of modernist art’s ultimate goals: primitivism, improvisation multi- media/conjunction of art forms, the artist as direct creator.”
About Karl J. Palouček Palouček spent more than 25 years honing his vision while performing in various “industrial” bands, including Shrilltower, Impact Test and others. His interest in unconventional instrumentation led him to start working with orchestrations that include sewing machines, pianos, metals, water, electric fans, clock gongs and other elements. His first two albums, K. and Sail, brought this world to life and
In addition to his performances and studio work, Palouček has also worked in a production capacity on various releases by other artists, including several early works by Milwaukee’s Boy Dirt Car, and a live retrospective compilation for Germany’s Einstürzende Neubauten. Recent musical collaborations include contributions to a new magnum opus from Irish composer Daniel Figgis.
 
Karl lives just outside Chicago with his wife and son.