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Reportaz was founded in 1982 in one Poznan's College by vocalist and percussionist Andrzej Karpiński on the ashes of amateurish punk-rock band Sten. Other co-founders were Andrzej's class-mate bassist Piotr Łakomy and keyboardist Marzena Kaczmarek, playing Russian-produced mini electronic-keyboards. After few months they found fourth member - pianist Jacek Hałas, and soon quartet prepared and played their first program Piedestał on 2 Festiwal Muzyki Nowofalowej in Poznan. Very soon Marzena left band, they continued as trio. At that time their music was strongly influenced by British New Wave - Devo, B-52`s, Public Image Ltd.

For the concert in Poznan's Art Academy they prepared new program "Losos" ("Salmon"), where their musical style was changed radically (and influenced by The Residents, Zamla Mamas Mamma, Cabaret Voltaire). At that time they found their own way in music - every concert became specially prepared and never repeated theatrical-musical show under own name. They played long compositions, scene decorations and members painted pictures illustrated concert's themes.
During 1983 they prepared and presented three different programs: Witraż 1 , Witraż 2 and Domator. With every next concert they used more complex decorations, paintings, some video techniques; their music became more complex as well (incl. elements of jazz, classic and folklore).

They didn't participate on Festivals and played very limited number of concerts. In 1984 they played concert "Muzyka Potrzebna" with American avant-rock duo Skeleton Crew (Fred Frith & Tom Cora). In 1985 London-based label Recommended Records added three band?s compositions to their compilation LP Recommended Records Quarterly Vol. 1, nr 2.

Later same year band's line-up was radically changed: Jacek Hałas left, he was replaced by two Music Academy students Paweł Paluch (fagot, flute, xylophone), Arnold Dąbrowski (piano, synth, vocals) and viola player Krzysztof Fajfer (who left the band after few concerts same year). Band stayed with that line-up till 1990. Musical direction was the same (avant-rock), but because of wider instrumental abilities arrangements became richer, band started to play more improve-based compositions.

Band plays in Warsaw festivals Rock Front, Marchewka, and Kontrola & Poza Kontrolą (1986/1987) with program "Prawo Ciążenia" and improvisational music. In 1988 band prepared program "W gór...
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Domator ( Stay At Home )
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Witraz ( Stained Glass )
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W Oczekiwaniu Na To Samo
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Up The River
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3.67 | 3 ratings
Goulash Of Hearts/Gulasz Z Serc
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Dancing Music /Muzyka do Tanca
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 Up The River by REPORTAZ album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.74 | 6 ratings

Up The River
Reportaz RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Harold Needle

5 stars Reportaż's "W górę rzeki" (Up the River) is not only their best album, but it is in fact the best album of whole polish avant-prog scene - and I know it almost entirely, so you can trust me.

"W górę rzeki" is a dark and gloomy suite, with a lot of Univers Zero feeling in it ("Heresie" comes to mind), but it also provides us with a plenty of experimentation (especially with musician's voices, "mouth-made" noises and sounds made by random objects), free improvisation and calm, yet disturbing ambientlish mood. The music sometimes gets complex and quirky as well, and it sounds even more amazing when you realise, there are only three musicians here - Paweł Paluch on bassoon and toy xylophone, Andrzej Karpiński on drums and Arnold Dąbrowski on piano and sythesizer (Andrzej is the main vocalist, although all of them recite or make noises with their mouth sometimes). It is important to keep in mind that Reportaż was known of his very theatrical and artistic approach to studio records and gigs, so the lyrics (which are in polish) are quite surreal, talking about a woman, who traveled 3 days only to ask her son how does she look like for example. Of course all the lyrics are open for interpretation.

It is impossible to find a physical copy of this album I think, but luckly you can find a recording of the gig containing the whole suite, as well as many more interesting videos on Reportaż's official YouTube channel, runned by Andrzej Karpiński, who is the only one member in the Reportaż now.

What else can I say? This album is obviously a masterpiece, and even 5 stars feels like a little bit too less. The atmosphere and musicianship are truly unique and on the highest level possible. This is "a must" both for Univers Zero (or any other dark chamber prog band) fans and people, who want to know the biggest highlight of the polish RIO scene.

 Up The River by REPORTAZ album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.74 | 6 ratings

Up The River
Reportaz RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by snobb
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3 stars Up The River was recorded and released in quite dramatic for Poland period - anti Communist dictatorship atmosphere was on every street, but regime still was in control of situation in the country.

No strange that band, known by its conceptual theatrical shows prepared the program, full of dramatics and that moment street's atmosphere. Band played this program in all biggest Polish cities that year.

I have a mixed feeling about this release. I perfectly understand (and remember) tension and adrenaline of these months in all Eastern Europe. And I easily can imagine how such musical shows looked in that time scenes. But when listen this recording now, I hear bulky, not very focused soundtrack. Yes - music is mix of neo-classic, chamber avant, strongly influenced by RIO, with narrative voices (in Polish). But without visual part, this music sounds as audio part for unreleased video (happening, play - whatever you want).

Firstly released as audio cassette only, it was re-released as LP two years later in UK. Interesting legacy, but hardly an essential musical album.

Thanks to snobb for the artist addition.

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