If you’re looking for somebody to adequately explain to you what Trupa Trupa does, I’m not that person. All I can do is try to provide some impressions because I really don’t have anything to compare it with. It’s bits and pieces. It seems chaotic but you always feel a structure. It can be aggressive. It can float and dream. It can do both in the same song. There really aren’t any rules going on here. It’s kind of like trying to define what Syd Barrett was doing with Pink Floyd before he went off the deep end.
The PEN Ten is PEN America’s weekly interview series. This week, PEN America’s senior director of Free Expression Programs Summer Lopez speaks with Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, author of Crops (Rain Taxi, 2021).
As a kid growing up in a huge extended family of Polish post-World War II ex-pats and their offspring in Chicago and beyond, I didn’t have to travel to Warsaw to get a deep education in the country’s culture and music.
UCLA professor Vinay Lal and Grzegorz Kwiatkowski begin the series “Sangam and Agora: A Forum of Poets, Philosophers, Scholars, and Autodidacts”. The first inaugural meeting ‘Poetry Makes Things Happen’ will be held on Saturday, April 23rd.
Philosopher-poet Grzegorz Kwiatkowski’s lyrics deal with fundamental questions of fighting evil, in a homeland that has experienced more than its share. This hardcore moral stance is matched by the baleful, seething rock of opener “Moving”. But respite is offered by the scratchily pretty, Sonic Youth-like psychedelic ballad “Lines” and Floydian acid-folk of “All And All”, as Trupa Trupa’s sixth album favours often lovely, mysteriously ritualistic sounds. The dreamy vocal and abrasively chiming guitar on “Sick” are also narcotically dislocating. Kwiatkowski’s words stay sunk deep in the title track’s mix, the submerged poetry of an underground band who carry a courageous subculture with them.
Nick Hasted, Uncut
On Saturday, April 2, the French publishing house La rumeur libre éditions will premiere the book “Joies”. The book, translated by Professor Zbigniew Naliwajek in French, will inaugurate the new “Centrale / Poésie” series by Guillaum Métayer of the Sorbonne. The book’s preface is by Professor Claude Mouchard. The premiere will take place in Paris at the Maison de la Poésie. Claude Mouchard, Audrey Kichelewski, Mateusz Chmurski and Guillaume Métayer will take part in the premiere meeting.
Big news! We are playing BBC Radio 6 Music live session! Tune in and listen to our concert on 11th of April at 7PM UK time on Marc Riley show!