Tfaruk Love Communication
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Tfaruk Love Communication

Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland

Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
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The group explores the theme of improvised music. Starting point of their explorations is modern, trans jazz followed by electronic and ethnic sounds. Their style springs from their unusual orchestra, where acoustic instruments (bass clarinet, saxophone, percussion instruments) blend and harmonize with electronic and mechanical instruments. Multikult Projecti a Polish independent record label released their album recorded together with Polish well-known jazz musicians like Tymon Tymanski, Wojtek Mazolewski and Tomek Jankowiak.

Tfaruk Love Communication is a kind of music that is difficult to define due to the fact that it is created by musicians representing very diverse genres of music. What is interesting about this band is its unconventional choice of instruments with various percussion instruments come to the foreground as well as electronics and - first and foremost - bass clarinet, played by the amazing virtuoso - Piotr Melech. His solo parts and music dialogues with the saxophone player, Michal Fetler are undoubtedly a highlight of the band’s concerts. The brass section is supported by an excellent rhythmic section represented by Daniel Karpinski (drums) and Piotr Tarnawski (bass). The whole is dominated by the percussion instruments and electronics whose author is Tomasz Ballaun - the initiator of Tfaruk Love Communication. Recently, a new album of the band has been released featuring Wojciech Mazolewski and Tymon Tymanski among others. During the concert on the Old Market Square in Poznan, the band presented the repertoire from the new album. We also had a chance to listen to some new compositions which are probably going to appear on the band’s new album. The music supported by the unquestionable skills and experience of each of the instrumentalists makes me want to follow the band’s career further.

Robert Ratajczak |

Polish listener will smile just from seeing the name of this band ("Tfaruk" being as incorrect as possible way of spelling "cottage cheese") and I guess this form of anarchic absurd humour (that shows up also in the titles) is easily associated with the yass scene - polish jazz revolution movement of the 90's. Both Tomasz Ballaun, the founder of the band, and one of the guests - Tymon Tymanski are strongly connected with yass movement indeed (Tymon being in fact its spiritus movens). Still there's a lot of music fun for non-polish listeners here too.
The band kicks right into an old-school groove and tight horn arrangements with the first track, with a latin-funk twist to it. The hard hit rock groove catches on with the "Mistrz Kierownicy Ucieka" (the polish title for the cult car-chase movie "Smokey and the Bandit") and there's more fun rhytm chasing coming with "Milosc zwycieza kielbase" ("Love wins over kielbasa"). The catchy and driving grooves pair nicely with the tight horn riffs and make a nice platform for some nasty soloing by the horn players (fat saxophone sound, crisp trumpet, round and sensual and passionate bass clarinet). The mysterious "Zenith" adds a more refective touch to the first half of the album. The latter half explores less retro, more nu-jazz territory, with more electronic effects, some loops and samples, fast drum'n'bass drum breaks (as in "Dla Taty") working more on the idea of creating improvised music with a steady and trance rhythmic base ("Lhasa 2008" is more or less in the same vein).