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B FLAT A review – KEXP

This Polish band’s sixth album is a well-crafted set of ominous rock ranging from driving, tension-filled post-punk to atmospheric psych-rock, with often-dark lyrics for these troubled times.

Don Yates,

Twice Upon A Rhyme

What strange music: joyful, optimistic, happy, rich. It sounds like Nick Drake not on a dark side, but on a bright side of the moon. ‘Gentle Blue Cherry Bell’, from this great LP, blooms from the same garden as the one tended by Syd Barrett. And what magnificent orchestration is on this mighty ‘Twice Upon A Rhyme’ album! This joyfully psychedelic LP reminds me of the atmosphere of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, the spirituality of The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’, and the works of Cat Stevens and Jethro Tull. But this is not an imitation but a very original thing. This is a brilliant musical lost world, a world that should definitely be rediscovered.

Western University / City Lights Bookshop

Western University and City Lights Bookshop invite you to the event:

Confronting Hate: Artistic responses to history, genocide and rising right wing nationalism. A conversation with – Grzegorz Kwiatkowski – a Gdańsk-based poet, musician, and the lead singer of the internationally acclaimed art-rock band, Trupa Trupa.

Meeting led by Dr. Amanda Grzyb will take place on Wednesday January 26, 2022 11:am – 12.00pm EST [UTC/GMT-5).

The event will live stream here:

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley invites you to the event:

“Crops”: Grzegorz Kwiatkowski, Polish poet and musician, in conversation with Jenny Browne, 2017-18 Poet Laureate of the State of Texas

The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UC Berkeley invites you to a conversation about the poetry of Grzegorz Kwiatkowski and his latest book ‘Crops’, published by Rain Taxi. Kwiatkowski and Browne will read from their respective works and discuss the history that informs these poems, as well as the role poetry can play in offering testimony and hope in our troubled world.

The meeting will be held on Friday, January 21.

Iggy Pop / Uniforms

Iggy Pop had the radio premiere of Trupa Trupa’s new single, ‘Uniforms’, on his BBC Radio 6 Music show.

“Making Art Out of History’s Tragedies” – Genocide Studies and Prevention

This interview was conducted via e-mail in November 2021. Grzegorz Kwiatkowski was in Gdańsk and Sanford Jacoby in Los Angeles. They met through Grzegorz’s poetry and discovered that they shared K.Z. Stutthof, a concentration camp in Poland, as a presence in their lives. The prisoners included ethnic Poles and Jews (the latter self-identified or categorized as such by the Nazis). It’s estimated that nearly two-thirds of its 110,000 inmates were murdered until the camp was closed in May 1945, the last camp liberated by the Allies. Here Kwiatkowski reflects on the violence perpetrated in Poland during the Second World War, and the dualities of the Polish experience. Is it possible for art to reckon with the darkness, free of melodrama and kitsch?