Wacław Zimpel


In his solo project Wacław Zimpel reaches all the possible musical worlds he has been visiting for years with his various projects and bands, merging American minimal music, Indian ragas, jazz, and classical compositions. Using a looper, which enables to superimpose many musical threads, he builds multi-layered polyphonies that are somewhat reminiscent of both the renaissance canons of Ockeghema and Steve Reich compositions.
As was the case in his previous projects, Zimpel uses here a much varied instrumentation. Besides clarinets, analogue organs of the 70s and piano, he uses the traditional instruments of various cultures – Laotian khaen, North Indian algoza, overtone flutes from the Carpathian mountains and an Ukrainian trombita.
First Zimpel's solo album "Lines" was released in February 2016 by Instant Classic.


Wacław Zimpel - clarinet
Giridhar Udupa - ghatam, konnakol (vocal percussion), morsing
Bharghava Halambi - khanjira, mridangam, konnakol (vocal percussion)
K Raja - thavil and percussions
Mysore N. Karthik - violin
Giridhar Udupa, Bharghava Halambi, Mysore N. Karthik and K Raja are the most respected musicians of the younger generation in India. They live in Bangalore, but perform all over the world at the most prestigious of venues such as Carnegie Hall or The Sydney Opera House.
Wacław Zimpel is a classicaly trained Clarinet virtuoso and a strong presence on the improvised music scene. His projects often invoke the traditions and the rituals of many different cultures.
This project is a meeting of two worlds. The first, is the oldest musical form of India, Carnatic music. It relies on a very subtle rhythm\melody system. The second, is the European tradition. The Clarinet parts rely on the Indian rhythms. Accompanied by the percussion instruments, they oscillate between western melodics and the Raga system, the Indian scales that form the basis of the compositions. The repertoire includes both traditional Carnatic music and original compositions.

Saagara is a meeting of five virtuosos. They have all achieved wide recognition in their countries. Though they originate from two very different musical worlds, they decided to unite them on one stage.

KUGEL/ZIMPEL - Music of Hildegard of Bingen

Hildegard of Bingen believed that the artist’s act is a statement of God.

Wacław Zimpel - clarinets
Klaus Kugel - drums, percusions

Hildegard of Bingen
This medieval mystic, considered a saint, was the first female Composer whose works were documented. They are connected to the Georgian Chant without being impersonal: the deep emotions and the personality of the author are to be found. For Hildegard, music was a pure reminiscence of paradise, where Adam sang psalms with angels, to the glory of creator. She thought that singing should be integral part of the liturgy, being a unique form of prayer, bringing people closer to God. Which is exactly what inspired Klaus Kugel and Wacław Zimpel to create a modern ritual with it‘s core set in the European musical tradition. The percussion’s use of space makes one think of a medieval cathedral. Hildegard’s melodies flawlessly merge with the Clarinet‘s improvisations.