JURCZOK 1001

Jurczok 1001 is a Zurich-based singer, beatboxer and spoken word artist who has been collaborating with writer and musician Melinda Nadj Abonji since 1998. The duo have created their own idiosyncratic sonic universe using three elements – voice, human beatbox and electric violin; exemplified in their CD Voice / Beatbox / Violin (Masterplanet, out of print) released in 2006. Having spent a few weeks in his archive, digging out unreleased recordings to assemble an album of fragments for the OTO Sound Museum, Jurczok 1001 has compiled a compositional mix of 15 tracks.
The sketches have stayed in their original forms and have never been worked on further; they had remained unemployed – as if they had been waiting for this moment.
Most of the pieces are improvisations – single takes with a loop sampler and a delay pedal. All the pieces came into being during sessions and were recorded on impulse: We gotta get this on tape! Hold the mic in your right hand and press record with your left.
Apart from one live concert and one studio session, these are recordings made during rehearsal – on MiniDisc, tape, DAT or with a Zoom H4 recorder. The LoFi is part of the aesthetic and speaks about the time.
The unfinished character, rawness and spontaneity make these pieces what they are. More importantly recognizing that some things get better when they’re left in the archive for a few years. The rough draft can be the final version.
Melinda Nadj Abonji: voice, lyrics, electric violin, octave and delay pedals, kazoo Jurczok 1001: human beatbox, voice, lyrics, JamMan loop sampler.

Jurczok 1001

(b. 1974, CH) lives and works in Zurich. Jurczok 1001 is a spoken word artist, singer, human beatbox and performer. He has performed under this name since 1996 and is among Switzerland’s spoken word pioneers. He is best known for his Spoken Beats format, a virtuoso mix of spoken word, vocals and live looping that he has performed in a variety of international venues. He has appeared among other places at the Tata literature live! Festival in Mumbai, at the Berlin Poetry Festival, at the woerdz Festival in Lucerne, at Moscow’s Electrotheatre, at the Street Art Museum St. Petersburg, at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, at the Elevate Festival Graz, at Deutsches Haus New York and at the Solothurner Literaturtage. He has released two EPs and three singles. His most recent publications are Spoken Beats (Edition Patrick Frey, 2018), a collection of his spoken word texts from the last ten years, and the single Chumm, mi schlafed (Masterplanet, 2017). In 2020 he received an artist’s grant from the Landis & Gyr Foundation.

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