Ziemba
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Ziemba

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Pop Avant-garde

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Ziemba @ Muchmore's

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Since the days of The Velvet Underground's 'Banana' album, NYC has been setting the standard in the rockn'n'roll femme fatale department, but admittedly hasn't yet produced a presence as charismatic and powerful as Nico. From the tracks on her debut EP - and the retro press pictures coming with it - Brooklyn-based performance artist and vocalist Ziemba (aka René Kladzyk) may have the presence and the talent to fill this void - although the first thing we'd like to hear from her is better recorded music, in particular more attention to details in the vocal department. Like the German chantause from the 60s, Ziemba isn't afraid of sadness and sparsness, and single 'Phantom See" is a tasteful tune that might entrance fans of David Sylvian, Brian Eno, John Cale and other semi-experimental luminaries. Ziemba will celebrate her debut EP release at Cameo on April 15. - The Deli Magazine NYC


In “Phantom See”, Ziemba presents us with an interpretive dance between personalities, the boundary dividing the two is uncertain, leading to assumptions of other-wordly forces at play. Both song and video work together in decadent forms that Ziemba (New York-based musician and performance artist René Kladzyk) uses to illustrate a spiritual and emotional multiplicity that usually can only be experienced internally.

The song itself opens with a sparse chattering crawl. Its tribal beat, pounding few and far between Ziemba‘s searching croons, moves the song forward with suspense. The exaggerated space between notes creates the sort of heightened anxiety that’s associated with the uncertainty of supernatural dealings.

For the video—premiered above—Director Corey Tatarczuk and Director of Photography David Hale used shadows and literal smoke and mirrors to play tricks with the viewer’s perception of how many people, feelings and objects occupy the screen at one time. Moving double exposures sync up to the slow-driving beat under dramatic chiaroscuro lighting.

Watch the debut of “Phantom See” above. You can see Ziemba perform live in New York this Sunday for her video release show at Cake Shop with Glockabelle, Alice Cohen and Roya. - Impose Magazine


We noticed (and blogged about) Brooklyn's Ziemba and her track "Phantom See" this past April and were impressed with her Femme Fatale attitude and that beautiful, sparse song. The young lady (aka René Kladzyk) obviously didn't shy away from that observation, delivering this remarkable video (for that same track) that doubles down on dark seduction and comfirms her confidence - also in front of a video camera. You can catch her live at Cake Shop on Sunday November 2nd at 8.30pm. - Deli Magazine NYC


About a month before they shot the dorm room bong lesson that anchored the Broad City Season 2 premiere, the episode’s director was on the hunt for the perfect song to set the scene. “The director of the episode [Lucia Aniello] hit me up mid-summer to be like, ‘Hey, we may have this crazy smoke trick guy, I want to send him the perfect song for him to do this crazy thing on the show,'” says Matt ‘FX’ Feldman, the Broad City music supervisor.


FX must have sent close to 50 tracks, including “Infinite Daps,” a low-key trap banger with a menacing feel from “Harlem Shake” DJ Baauer and recent collaborator RL Grime. To Feldman, the song’s inclusion was a joke, due to Baauer’s high profile. With his tight budget, FX assumed he wouldn’t be able to secure “Infinite Daps” for a synch even if the director liked it. But his industry connections — and having one of TV’s coolest comedies as his platform — proved to be enough. It felt like exactly the kind of thing NYU bros would listen to while getting high midday.

From Drake’s “Started From the Bottom” in the now-famous nod to Missy Elliott’s “The Rain (Super Dupa Fly)” video last season, to Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” soundtracking Abbi’s naked strut last week, the scene-stealing montage song plays an important role on Broad City — and will continue to as Season 2 progresses (FX says to keep an eye out for a big party-hopping episode, and a montage in thrift store Beacon’s Closet). But it’s also just one way Matt FX uses music to flesh out Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s wild and weird New York. Five-second transitions of electronic and hip-hop beats help to keep up the Comedy Central show’s pace.

“I think what makes the show so successful is its identity, and I definitely think that because we’re in the girls’ world. It’s not necessarily New York, as much as it’s their New York,” Feldman says. “They love old school hip-hop, they love boom-bap beats, they love Missy Elliott. I think we try to reflect that as much as possible.”

While the budget doesn’t facilitate Missy synchs, Elliott’s embrace of electronic music and R&B through the lens of party-friendly raps does, in many ways, define the sound of Broad City. A handful of emerging producers and artists are at the center of the show’s transition and background music, giving it a distinct sound: Hot Sugar’s warped hip-hop beats with a twinge of house music, Ana Tijoux’s brash Spanish flow, Photay’s breezy electro-funk, and Jaw Jam’s ambient house jams, just to name a few. (The show’s infectious, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it theme, in case you were wondering, comes from DJ Raff’s “Latino N’ Proud.”)

A New York native, DJ, and musician himself (under the pseudonym Scooter Island), Matt FX finds the majority of the new artists that end up in the background of Broad City via Facebook solicitations. Assuming his budget increases in season three, Feldman has his eye on artists like iLoveMakonnen and Azealia Banks.

“For the most part — and this might sound bad — but I’ve almost given up working with labels, cause it’s not their fault that they need as much money as they need,” Feldman says. “We just don’t have it. And St. Vincent doesn’t need much more exposure, for example. But these producers, these young rappers, these on-their-grind people, they could all use it [the exposure]. In some instances, they need it one week, and then they don’t the next. In the first season, there was a track we were almost going to synch. Our director waited a week on it, Skrillex signed the artist, and the price went up by 20 grand. It happens, but at the moment, I’m able to work with artists who are still on the cusp, still willing to have this be for exposure.”

On the next page, Matt FX highlights ten tracks that will define the sound of Broad City’s second season. - Flavorwire


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Spring issue "Phantom See" video featured - Velvet Dust Magazine


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Still working on that hot first release.

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 RENÉ KLADZYK OFFERS A GATEWAY BETWEEN WORLDS AND TIMES IN HER PERFORMANCE PERSONA ZIEMBA.  HER FUTURISTIC POP SYNTHESIZES CRYSTALLINE FORMS FROM SHIFTING SAND AND AUDITORY MIRAGE.  COMPARED BY DELI MAGAZINE NYC TO A MODERN INCARNATION OF NICO, AND LIKENED TO AVANT-POP LUMINARIES SUCH AS JOHN CALE, BRIAN ENO, & DAVID SYLVIAN, ZIEMBA TAKES THE ROLE OF THE CHANTEUSE AT HER PIANO AND THRUSTS IT THROUGH A KALEIDESCOPE OF SONIC AND POETIC REFRACTION, WITH EMERGENT CHANTS, SCREAMS AND PLAINTIVE BALLADS. ZIEMBA ENACTS A PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY WHEREBY INTERIOR LANDSCAPES INTERPELLATE OUTER SPACES AND ALIEN WORLDS.  AS AN EXPERIMENTAL VOCALIST, PERFORMANCE ARTIST AND DANCER, KLADZYK HAS CULTIVATED A BRAND OF IMPROVISATION AND EMBODIMENT THAT PERMITS SONGS TO BUILD AND DESTROY SIMULTANEOUSLY, DESCRIBING PROTECTED SPACES OF HOPE AMID MENACE AND CONSTANT CHANGE.

 RENÉ KLADZYK HAS PERFORMED AT ART, MUSIC, AND DANCE SPACES THROUGHOUT NYC AND INTERNATIONALLY, INCLUDING ISSUE PROJECT ROOM, GLASSLANDS GALLERY, THE FRENCH INSTITUTE IN FEZ, MOROCCO; ST. MARKS CHURCH, MOMENTA ART, GINA GIBNEY DANCE, GREEN SPACE, SILENT BARN, SECRET PROJECT ROBOT, SXSW, PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY, AND MORE.  SHE RECENTLY PREMIERED A MUSIC VIDEO FOR SINGLE “PHANTOM SEE” AT CAKE SHOP NYC, HAS SEVERAL NEW VIDEOS IN THE WORKS, AND HAS HAD MULTIPLE SONGS FEATURED ON THE MOST RECENT SEASON OF BROAD CITY.  SHE HAS HELD PERFORMANCE/SOUND ART RESIDENCIES WITH THE FRENCH INSTITUTE AND CULTURE VULTURES IN THE RIF MOUNTAINS IN MOROCCO AND WITH MOUNT TREMPER ARTS IN UPSTATE NY.  SHE HAS SCORED ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS FOR DANCE WORKS BY LISA PARRA DANCE AND KAREN HARVEY DANCES, AND RECENTLY PERFORMED IN THE SEVEN-WEEK INSTALLATION OF THE EXPERIMENTAL DANCE OPERA ANY SIZE MIRROR IS A DICTATOR.

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