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Sonic Pulses

David Kollar

This music was composed in real time. 4 days a week I layered a baritone guitar and strings. The first layer decided on the length of the song. Then I recorded another 3 layers. In the final, each song has 4 layers recorded in a row.

I recommend listening to this music alone with your eyes closed from start to finish.



Music based on the use of drones, or the delays that need to be archetypal for Japan, India and Australia, spread in Europe in the 20th century thanks to minimalism, alternative rock and electronic music. But since 1958, when the American La Monte Young introduced his Trio for Strings, a lot of water has passed. Through John Cale, Terry Riley, Klaus Schulz, Brian Eno, the Biosphere, but also George Crumb and his Black Angels and Henry Górecký's string quartets, the drone has spread to contemporary progressive music. But only some can use it freshly and with extraordinary suggestion. Listen to new "coronavirus" recordings by David Kollar. They will penetrate all the pores of your body, shake you, fill you with humility and defiance, heal and arouse ...

Jan Hocek
(Jazzport, HIS Voice, skjazz.sk)
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Cosmopol

Bernhard Wostheinrich & David Kollar

We are pleased to announce the new release: „Cosmopol“, with the amazing Slovakian guitarist David Kollar, who worked among others with Steven Wilson, Pat Mastelotto, Fennesz, Marco Minnemann, Eivind Aarset and Arve Henriksen.

In April 2019, David came to Berlin for studio sessions and a club gig. He expressed strong musical attraction to the city, „with its lavish history, musical community and typical sound of electronic music.“ His experience in experimental and progressive rock merged with the intuitive musical fabric of Bernhard Wöstheinrich.

Before the recording sessions, they spent five days in the capital, jamming during the day and exploring the musical scenes at night. The harmony between both musicians manifested into a deeply complex, yet seamlessly flowing session. David: „I had the opportunity to absorb the energy of this amazing city. Our joint meeting is recorded musically on this album.“

After the jamming and a club gig, both artists felt ready for a final session. All tracks were recorded in a single day. They represent their experiences during these five days in Berlin’s summer. Sometimes spherical, sometimes driving, rushing or even fragile - but always dense, rebellious and diverse: like the city itself.

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A brief travelogue by David Kollar:

"I spent 5 days in Berlin.
I was looking for the cheapest accommodation. I stayed in Kreuzberg. I had no idea it was a Turkish part of town. I was afraid there would be unrest and it would not be safe for me. I went to Bernhard's house every morning. We talked about music and Bernhard showed me a part of town every day. The building in which he lives is also interesting. It has all floors painted, no elevator.

There is an artistic atmosphere in Berlin. Lots of sounds on the streets. In Berlin, in my opinion, you will not find a place where there is silence.

The whole atmosphere got on our album. When someone tells me Berlin, I imagine the sound of electronic music for 90 years. Electronically ritual and Samanic rhythm of inner freedom. Long musical forms, industrial sounds of synthesizers." ̶ David Kollar
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released November 6, 2020

Bernhard Wöstheinrich – Synthesizer, Keyboards, Sequencer
David Kollar – David Kollar - guitars

Framedrums on "Topography" and "Cosmopol" by Volker Lankow

Performed by Wöstheinrich and Kollar

Recorded live in the Unsung Productions Studio, Berlin, Germany, on April 29, 2019.
Recording Engineer: Benjamin Schäfer

Produced and edited by Bernhard Wöstheinrich,
Mixed and mastered by Markus Reuter

Artwork by studioflokati.de

Photography by David Suchar www.davidsuchar.com

www.davidkollar.com
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Unexpected Isolation

David Kollar & Arve Henriksen

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Crime On The Bunny (Single)

David Kollar

Crime on The Bunny is the second single after Coronomorphia.
On the way to the forest, I saw a discarded plush Bunny in the screams. I was very sorry for him. He seemed to be raped and thrown away. Maybe he stayed at the scene. I took a picture of him. He was smiling, maybe he liked it.
I decided to set this incident to music.

Music was composed and recorded in real time.
I used an electric guitar with very overhanging strings for recording. Fuzz, Distortion and Ableton loopers.
The drums (except for the first Punk stage) were played later by an American drummer under the pseudonym Gorilla Rose. He is a fan of King Crimson. Do you know him?
Trumpet effects were added by Arve Henriksen.
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Sculpting in Time

David Kollar

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 reading12
Christian Fennesz -  guitar, synth, electronics 11

Sick Doll 's dream inspired by Piotr Iľjič Čajkovskij.

Cover art by Peter Popelka.

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


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.
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Illusion of a Separate World

David Kollar / Arve Henriksen

Illusion of a Separate World is the meeting between innovative Slovakian guitarist, film music composer and sound designer David Kollar (Steven Wilson, Pat Mastelotto, Fennesz, Marco Minnemann, Eivind Aarset) and Norwegian trumpet maestro Arve Henriksen. Shimmering soundscapes and haunting melodies mixed with soundtrack music, ethnic influences, electronic explorations, jazz hybrids, and post-rock riffs are at the core of this meeting.

David Kollar and Arve Henriksen started their collaboration after they met in 2017 and played just twice before the recording. “I played last year at the Spectaculare festival in Prague,” said David “I had a solo performance and after me there was Arve playing with Christian Fennesz. At the end of the festival, we shared our contact details. In few months, we met again on the stage at Hevhetia festival in Slovakia.” The performance was such a bonding experience that the two chose to record an album together.

In December 2017, David spent a week in the city of Faenza, Italy as the guest of his fellow trumpeter and friend Paolo Ranieri. This was the perfect setting to start sketching out improvisations that would become part of Illusion of a Separate World. David drew inspiration from life’s trials and tribulations or from the environment around him. “I played them as musical diaries,” said David. Soundscapes, moody riffs and rhythmic works emerged. He recorded 17 tracks and then gave them to Arve, who layered trumpet, voice and electronics over them.

Through this joining of two unique worlds, in both geographical and cultural senses, the duo has created an anthemic album which reveals an intimate connection. It spans from the moments of quietness that slowly turn into walls of orchestral sounds like in Night Navigator, to the tribal drumming rhythms that Henriksen enriches with his voice-like trumpet in Chimera. When the guitarist transforms a simple clacking on string into a weird rhythm like in Silk spinning, Henriksen then turns it into a pastoral melody. When the trumpeter switches to his trademark soft-speaking voice, like in Mirror Transformations, Kollar places himself in a more subtle context, camouflaging his guitar in synth-like drapings. The Slovakian guitarist then takes the stage and hints at his Americana influences with a delicate guitar and trumpet solo in Solarization, that eventually morphs in an ethnic-flavored electronic experience. Suspended over Kollar’s cloudy drone, Castles in the Air is Arve Henriksen at his best, playing one of his most iconic solos. But he can also turn in some of the most intricate and haunting melodies like in the unsettling Roving Observer, which Kollar initially took inspiration from movie director Tarkovsky.

Intimate, intense, passionate and subtle, Illusion of a Separate World is two artists showing how easy is for them to create music that is immediate and tremendously complex, haunting and gorgeous at same time.
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