Sculpting in Time

by David Kollar

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A.T. text - Let everything that has been planned come true. Let them believe and let them laugh at their passions Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. - One, two, three!  - And most important, let them believe in themselves, let them be helpless like children,because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing... - Say loudly and clearly I can Speak! - Experiments, facts,... - I would put my heart and soul in it, they gobble up both my heart and soul - Hardness and strengh are death ´ s companions... - I can speak! 
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Pasternak's Poem NIGHT Fight off your sleep: be wakeful, Work on, keep up your pace, Keep vigil like the pilot, Like all the stars in space. Work on, work on, creator- To sleep would be a crime- Eternity's own hostage, And prisoner of Time.
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about

The album is dedicated to Andrej Tarkovsky and Jozef Kukura.


I started to work on the album from October 2018. My initial ideas were sent to Eric Truffaz. Gradually, I engaged Arve Henriksen, Pat Mastelotto and Christian Fennesz in the process of creation. I also played my sketches for Peter Popelka, a painter, who has an atelier above my studio. We were holding endlessly long academic conversations on creation and art. That's why I decided that the album cover should undoubtedly be made by him. Sculpting in Time is inspired by Andrej Tarkovsky's theory that a movie itself is sculpting of time sculptures. I perceive it similarly in music.  These 14 tracks on the album are my time sculptures of what I went through last year. 

I would like to thank all the musicians participating in the album.  I thank Erik Truffaz for the opportunity, Arve Henriksen for being a bottomless well of inspiration, Pat Mastelotto for his giant and always helpful heart. I thank Christian Fennesz for his time and musical structures. I thank my family Janka, David and Barbara for their patience, I thank Jan Sudzin for always telling me "let's releaset it, David". I thank Marek Sálka, Vlado Kačala, my father, Peter Ondruš, Valer Dugas, Tomáš Mutina, Valerij Kupka, Peter Michalovič, Blanka Berkyová for their trust and support  and last but not least all the people who were close to me during this creative period.

credits

released December 1, 2019

All music composed by David Kollar

David Kollar - El. guitars, Ronroco, Guitalele, Electronics, Synth, Sound Processing, Bass, Vocal 12
Erik Truffaz - Trumpet 1, 2, 12,14             
Arve Henriksen - Trumpet 5,10,12
Pat Mastelotto - Poetry reading 12
Christian Fennesz -  guitar, synth, electronics 11

Sick Doll 's dream inspired by Piotr Iľjič Čajkovskij.
The track A. T. includes some of the  audio pieces used in the movies Stalker and Mirror.

Cover art by Peter Popelka.

Recorded at Mystery Stable studio Presov, Kaiserstudios  Vienna.
Mixed and mastered at Klakson studio.

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"Away from the despair & darkness of the times we live in, there's a healing light to be found in a beautiful new album by guitarist David Kollar. The two sample tracks available here don't quite convey how thoughtful & deeply moving the entire record is. Highly recommended."
- SID SMITH

“Sculpting in Time is a beautiful, diverse and contemplative work of aural art. It serves as a remembrance of and reflection on one of Kollar’s closest friends who passed away before his time. The recording also includes material inspired by and derived from the spiritual and metaphysical work of famed Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. It features performances by Erik Truffaz, Christian Fennesz, Arve Henriksen and Pat Mastelotto, all of whom contribute their unique voices supportive of the meditative context. A wonderful recording designed to temporarily pause the swirl and din of modern life’s demands."
- ANIL PRASAD

“I tend to approach the world at an emotional and contemplative level. I don't try to rationalize it. I perceive it as an animal or child can do - not as an adult who draws his own conclusions.” was a bare response of Andrei Tarkovsky when asked what was his attitude to the world. David Kollar's guitar is marked with AT initials along with the title of one of the most significant European movies - "Stalker".
I felt the weight of Tarkovsky’s words as I immersed into listening of this new album. They were instantly present in a way David and his friends cleverly wrapped music sounds of Stalker and The Mirror together with some kind of dystrophic interpretation of Pasternak’s poem Night, to let us uncover what can really be felt underneath. Process enabled only by force of passion exclusive to the deepest human emotions. These are not meant to be contemplated or understood – rather it’s an invitation to spread your arms, open your heart and allow to be overtaken.
- JAN HOCEK

"David Kollar and his solo album “Sculpting in Time“ (Hevhetia 2019) – extraordinary guitar player composing/sculpturing extraordinary music with exceptional collaborators: Erik Truffaz and Arve Henriksen (both trumpet), Christian Fennesz (guitar & electronics), Pat Mastelotto (drummer of King Crimson, this time even reading Pasternak´s poem…). This piece of musical art is inspired primarily by the poetics of legendary film director Andrey Tarkovsky in many explicit and implicit levels: nevertheless Kollar´s inclination to his movies (especially Stalker and Mirror) is not either accidental, neither conjectural, but significative. It is connected with inner energy of nostalgia, desire and constant searching for deeper sense of our unpredictable lives. His introspective musical compositions are an expression of questioning our the most hidden, burning existential tensions. Sometimes they sounds conciliatorily, sometimes very disquietly, gradually they will bring you over deeply inside, where you can find maybe something forgotten, but important ultimately evoking unusual catharsis.."
- JULO FUJAK



"Slovak experimental guitarist / composer David Kollar emerges as one of the most intriguing figures on the European Avant-Garde / Jazz scene in the last decade. His utterly unique approach both to the guitar as an instrument and the contemporary improvising / compositional idioms are fascinating and completely innovative.
Kollar's numerous recording projects, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator, are milestones of contemporary European experimental music sphere and each of those discloses another facet of his complex and constantly developing musical identity and his artistic personality.
Kollar treats his music with a deep degree of seriousness and personal involvement, as if each and every one of his projects was not only his proverbial brain child but as if it was his actual offspring. He treats his instrument as a gateway between his complex ideas and their audible representation, the same way a sculptor treats the chisel or a painter the brush."
- ADAM BARUCH

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David Kollar Prešovský kraj, Slovakia

Kollar treats his music with a deep degree of seriousness and personal involvement, as if each and every one of his projects was not only his proverbial brain child but as if it was his actual offspring. He treats his instrument as a gateway between his complex ideas and their audible representation, the same way a sculptor treats the chisel or a painter the brush."
- ADAM BARUCH
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