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Lualuna Tai - With DKSJ

by Arthur Hnatek

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Lualuna tai, directly translated to “two hands-one” in a distant language from the Corail sea, is a work that articulates itself around the number 11, like the 11 instruments it is formed from. This poetic etymology reflects upon our inherent need to link what “exceeds” us (a number bigger than 10) to an experience we all share (the 10 fingers of our hands).

Two hands and one, where in music each instrument is at times integrated in the ranks of the group or projected, as soloist, in front of the 10 others. The 11 is omnipresent, like the first step in a new world or the celebration of a palindrome.
An archaic language that hides a meaning and a deep history is also an invitation to reflect on our own swiss belonging and the history that romansch is keeping, which I want to sing.

“[...]Sun buna da fuormar / Meis pled /
Per tai /
Meis pled /
In tai.”

all music composed by Arthur Hnatek
lyrics of track 4 are based on a poem by Luisa Famos


released March 10, 2017


Yumi Ito, voice/glockenspiel
Tapiwa Svosve, alto sax and electronics
Benjamin Knecht, tenor sax and clarinet
Nicola Habegger, trumpet
Lukas Reinert, trombone
Victor Darmon, violin
Jonathan Salvi, vibraphone
Sebastian Bättig, guitar
James Krüttli, bass
Andrew Audiger, piano
Arthur Hnatek, drums

this piece is part of "Lualuna Tai", a collection of compositions by Arthur Hnatek, commissioned for the DKSJ All Star Band 2016

recorded and mixed by Valentin Liechti valentinliechti.tumblr.com

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Arthur Hnatek Zürich, Switzerland

Arthur Hnatek is an electronica producer who specialises in an expansive, analog-synth-driven type of dance music. His productions are rooted in a visceral dialogue between the acoustic drums and highly-reactive modulars.

The world renown drummer who travelled the world alongside prestigious pioneers delivers his act navigating between electronica beats and club textures.
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