An instrumental band that goes beyond the boundaries of jazz, ethnic music, jungle or progressive rock. It was set up in 1999 by drummer Artur Dominik.
An instrumental band that goes beyond the boundaries of jazz, ethnic music, jungle or progressive rock.
"Chromosomos" are an instrumental band that goes beyond the boundaries of jazz, ethnic music, jungle or progressive rock. It was set up in 1999 by drummer Artur Dominik, who has been involved in projects in the alternative, rock and jazz scenes and who has cooperated, in a number of folk groups, with musicians of African, Jewish and Balkan origin.
- Artur Dominik - perkusja, elektronika
- Tomek Kasiukiewicz - puzon, elektronika
- Łukasz Kluczniak - saksofon
- Marcin Lamch - podwójny bas
The experience of long years of cooperation with musicians rooted in diverse cultures and with bands of various styles allows "Chromosomos" to create their own musical space with a simultaneous use of most interesting forms.
The "Chromosomos" project combines the musical variety of European and Middle East cultures with modern trends in contemporary instrumental club music and adds to it a characteristic and original jazz flavour.
Among the band's inspirations you can also trace the influence of contemporary electronic music that leaves its mark on the rhythm section which experiments with the drum'n'bass, jungle or house sphere juxtaposed by a trans-fashioned multi-part rhythmic division within an irregular meter.
The classic acoustic structure of the band contrasting with the use of digitally generated sounds as well as electronic processing of the sounds of acoustic instruments gives "Chromosomos" an unmatched tone.
"The Polish group 'Chromosomos' takes a different tact on fusion music. Here, the influences are progressive rock, Eastern European and Balkan music, as well as a heavy dose of Ornette via the polyrhythmic stomps of Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society. Heavy grooves are chopped up, with time subdivided into quirky stomps fueled by the propulsive energy of drummer Dominik and the elastic time of electric bass player Lamch. Trombonist Kasiukiewicz and alto player Kluczniak turn the quirky heads around, one minute playing in tightly voiced unison, and then looping out for solos that bound across the rhythms. The drummer and trombonist also mess with things, adding in electronics for some gritty color. Dominik provides all the tunes here, and though there is nothing radical at play, they have a loose sense of playfulness about them." - Michael Rosenstein (2006 American Magazine "Cadence Magazine" 3/06)
" 'Chromosomos' is a Polish ensemble with varied influences, from Balkan and Near Eastern folk music, klezmer, eastern European new music, post-rock, and the funk Jazz fusion of M-Base. Throw in a dash of electric Ornette Coleman, and you start to get the idea. Quite heavy on the virtuoso guitar solo, this project avoids slipping into the quagmire of Jazz-rock fusion by virtue of its intelligent compositions and folk influences. If you enjoy the more rock tinged recordings of Knitting factory Records you should give this a listen. It is also very well recorded." - Eric Lewis (2002 American Magazine "Jazz Now")
Author: Marek Romański, January 2009.