Magazine article Czech Music

Two Premieres or Unchristened Kids

Magazine article Czech Music

Two Premieres or Unchristened Kids

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Both concerts were advertised as premieres of new concert programmes linked to the release of an album on the market (in both cases Guerilla Records), but neither has been christened yet. Looking on the Internet pages of both groups I found no indication that the christening would be at some other time and venue. Why no guests or godparents?

I had to find the answer in the concerts themselves.

DG 307, Delta, 14.3.

Do Shashka, Klub 007, 27.3.

In the case of Do Shashka it is simple. The group puts its faith in anonymity, and remains hidden behind a projection screen throughout. From the pre-concert preparations I gathered that it has four members and they play the didgeridoo, bassoon, percussion and computer; if other instruments were also involved, I didn't find them. This is because the main structural components of Shaska's music are pre-recorded bases combining electronic body music, restrained noise and a few monotonous strings. As far as they live instruments are concerned the pleasant bassoon ostinato is the most distinctive, while the others fulfil the usual pseudo-meditative wannabe ethnic function. A few of the percussion parts played with brushes were an interesting exception. The whole concert took the form of a solid musical block (the new CD Androgyne Haarem is divided into ten tracks) accompanied by a violet tinted projection of sequences from pre-war films (including perhaps the Cabinet of Doctor Caligari, Leni Riefenstahl films, a sort of striptease, a black dance and so on). Through repetition and combination these occasionally produced intriguing micro-stories and definitely did not give the impression of pointlessness that most such exercises exude. Although a slight sloppiness is sometimes evident in Do Shashka's production, the group manages to create atmosphere, and one can find fault with only two aspects. One is the almost two-hour length of the performance and the other is the pseudo-erotic dance introduction on the auditorium parquet The dancing couple unfortunately did not know how to dance and the text (the only one of the evening) that was endlessly repeated by the male dancer was genuinely endlessly awkward. …

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