The music of Paul Wirkus is organic, instinctive and has a very private character; it is raw and poetic simultaneously. The album Carmen et Error arose in performing mode; the body and the memory play a significant role in the process. Every second one feels the executing hand of the author, who is constantly present and alive. Wirkus is clearly a reflecting minimalist with a tendency towards fragile perfectionism. Stylistically, the music varies between the extremely sparingly instrumented, intimate solo percussion pieces, the remarkable, notional minimalistic rock power-trio and an acoustic Delta Blues by Mississippi Fred McDowell. Wirkus plays all instruments himself and sings. Part of the album concept of Carmen et Error is comprised of pencil drawings, which are just as important to the artist as the music itself.
released September 2, 2016
All selections by Paul Wirkus, except: 2,4,7 Fred McDowell. Cover drawings by Paul Wirkus.