A captivating introduction to Polish composer Andrzej Korzyński and a dazzling display of his talents and versatility as a musician, Secret Enigma, due November 6 on Finders Keepers Records/ B-Music, collects rare and unreleased vintage tracks from the secret vaults of one of the most enigmatic composers in 60s/70s/80s European cinema. The 22-track collection - a genre-hopping cornucopia of '60s French pop, experimental, disco funk, symphonic jazz rock, orchestral scores, psych-rock, space age lounge, bossa nova, bone chilling noise and other sonic vignettes - was originally recorded in the best studios in Poland, Italy and France for experimental film, political allegories, lost television shows, sound libraries and radio. Many of these tracks have been hidden behind the Iron Curtain on lost master tapes and film reels until now.
The first ever dedicated anthology of this great composer's work, Secret Enigma was compiled in cooperation with Korzyński and features beautiful and extensive packaging complete with a 32-page book filled with liner notes written by Finders Keepers co-founder Andy Votel along with photos and artwork spanning Korzynski's early musical career. The compilation follows the summer release of Possession, his previously unreleased electro/orchestral/experimental score for Andrzej Zulawski's surrealist '80s horror classic.
Korzyński is a Polish composer, arranger, organist and pianist whose unique experiments with jazz, pop, rock, orchestral and electronic music have led to him being one of the most prolific songwriters and soundtrack composers in the history of Polish cinema and radio. With an on going cinematic career which would alternate between both the most praised (Andrzej Wajda) and the most provocative (Andrzej Zuławski) film makers in Polish cinema history, Korzyński's work for both directors won him a firm fixture amongst the patrons of the Polish New Wave and stands in tribute to his versatility and professional demand as a composer for screen.
As part of the Polish New Wave and a key exponent of the development of conceptual Polish pop music his expansive portfolio has remained commercially unreleased and as untravelled as many of the original Polish pictures (produced under communist rule) that suffered censorship, limited distribution and the denied right to a creative passport. It has yet to find its deserved place next to the work of his global contemporaries such as Ennio Morricone, François de Roubaix and John Barry. However, with the renewed interest in vintage art house film and a subculture of open minded music collectors many Eastern European artists, such as Krzysztof Komeda (Poland), Zdenek Liska (Czechoslovakia) and now Korzyński, have finally begun to earn their place alongside their Central European peers.
As Korzyński approaches his 73rd birthday, this debut anthology and appraisal of his work is well overdue, and is stylistically, probably never more relevant. Finders Keepers has unparalleled access to Korzyński's musical vaults and will be releasing many more forgotten and overlooked works from this mysterious maestro over the next year.
Secret Enigma 1968-1981 - Rare & Unreleased
Polish Experimental Orch-Pop-Rock-Jazz And Film Music
(Finders Keepers Records/ B-Music)
Street Date: November 6, 2012
Formats: CD/ LP/ Digital
1. Trying To Catch A Fly
2. La Grabuge (Pop Theme)
3. Agent No. 1
4. Opetanie Five
5. Saved from Oblivion
6. Tajemnica Enigmy
7. W Instyucie
8. W Pustyni I W Puszczy
9. The Dziekanka Students' Hostel (II)
11. Losy OST (Mid-Beat Theme)
12. Third Part of the Night Czolownica
14. La Grabuge (Orch Pop Theme)
15. Rosa Rosa (with Arp Life)
16. Bossa Nova (feat. Ewa Wanat)
17. The Dziekanka Students Hostel (I)
19. La Grabuge (Orchestra Theme)
20. Losy OST (Mid-Guitar Theme)
21. Trying To Catch A Fly (Reprise)
22. Wszystko Na Sprzedaz Taniec