BA:ZEL DEBUT SEMI-ACOUSTIC VIDEO FOR “CIVIL”
For a song about the relationship between person and place, the story behind ba:zel’s latest recording of “Civil” has a poetic perfection.
The avant pop duo, usually based in Prague but playing a string of Western Canadian dates as part of a ‘tour swap’ arranged with Calgary’s Foonyap, wrote “Civil” about the decision for ‘urban migration,’ and the artificial light by which we’re surrounded as a result.
Then, when they were invited to play in the Corpus Christi Chapel (an 18th century Baroque space in Olomouc, Czech Republic) after a screening of a documentary featuring their music, the unique performance venue —and the grand piano that came with it —inspired the duo to create a semi-acoustic version, written especially for the space.
In turn the documentary maker, Andrea Culkova, decided to make a film of the performance — and, as you can see for yourself, the results are stunning.
ba:zel is Ewelina Ai-fen Chiu on vocals, soprano flute, keyboard, and midi pedal, and Daniel Vlček on bass guitar, beats and synths. We asked them a couple of questions about this bewitching video and the story behind it:
Q: What was it like to play in the chapel?
Ewelina: Having been born in Poland and raised strictly Catholic, being invited to experience and interact with these incredible spaces in a different context is enormously exciting. It allows me to truly connect and enjoy the space in a way I wasn’t able to do growing up. The Corpus Christi Chapel is particularly wonderful to play since it’s linked with the university, and both times we’ve played we’ve had a fantastic crowd made up mainly of students. This makes the energy of the show particularly enthralling.
Dan: It’s amazing to play sacral spaces, but also a challenge. They are set up acoustically to be ideal for performing music… but not electronic music. It can be tough to deal with the natural reverb! But playing a semi-acoustic version in that space was ideal.
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ba:zel design a virtual city to question urban migration in “CIVIL” video
electro-acoustic duo ba:zel question
the decision for urban migration
in 3D animated video for “CIVIL”.
Hailing from Prague in Czech Republic, Daniel Vlček (bass guitar, beats, and synths) and Ewelina Ai-fen Chiu (vocals, soprano flute, keyboard, and midi pedal) are the two artists behind the moniker ba:zel. The electroacoustic and experimental duo produce post-modern music both for clubs and museums.
In their new track, “CIVIL”, which comes with a 3D animation made by Czech artist Jakub Krejci, ba:zel study the link between a Human being and its urban surroundings as well as the decision process which motivated urban migration. In the colourful yet sombre visual, they bring us into a vast urban zone for a virtual visit and we ultimately finish the trip into an isolated room. The final rendition offers a very contrasted result, in between immensity and loneliness. The video atmosphere perfectly fits the twilight and fragile soundscapes of the avant-garde track “CIVIL”, which is set to be the first single taken from their upcoming EP due out later this year.
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ba:zel w Polsce
Polish blog announcement of Polish Tour
Czesi wiążą z tym projektem duże nadzieje – ma według nich największe szanse na europejski sukces. Już niebawem ba:zel zagra w Polsce!
ba:zel tworzą Ewelina Chiu – urodzona w Łodzi, wychowana w Ameryce Północnej instrumentalistka o korzeniach polsko-chińskich (wokal, fortepian, syntezator, flet) oraz Daniel Vlcek – czeski artysta wizualny, malarz abstrakcji geometrycznych (perkusja, syntezatory, gitara basowa / śpiew).
Brzmi intrygująco? Duet powstał w 2014 roku i od tego czasu intensywnie koncertuje, wykorzystując własne projekcje wizualne.
W sierpniu 2016 ba:zel był jednym z sześciu zespołów nominowanych do Czechingu, projektu starającego się wspierać muzykę alternatywną i upowszechnić ją za granicą. Co więcej, według głosujących to właśnie ba:zel ma największe szanse powodzenia za granicą.