SLUG DUO can be described as a combination of free improvisation, electroacoustic and experimental music. In May 2010 released two duet albums: OrganicStone (Vytvornia Om) , Fully Improvised sets from Falanster 2009 (Vytvornia Om).

Jakub Suchar - drums, percussion, moog synthesis, electronics (Delmark,Vytvornia Om)

Gerard Lebik - tenor sax, contra alto clarinet, generators, DIY,  Pd electronics (Vytvornia Om, NotTwo Rec) In  2010 SLUG DUO has started to collaboration with Rob Mazurek (Delmark,Thrill Jockey Records, Mego) Kazuhisa Uchihashi (InnocentRecords, Psycho Records) and 2011 with EAI master Keith Rowe (Erstwile Records).

The Art Of The Duo ( review by )

In the earliest days of mankind, next to more functional and formal language utterances, our distant ancestors did something special: they made music, creating melody over rhythm and sharing the experience together, creating, communicating and enjoying it, listening and interacting, possibly dancing too. Unlike any other art form, this is still magic today. There is nothing comparable to the completeness of that experience: pure, social, expressive, and lifting the individual high above himself or herself, becoming part of a communal experience, something spiritual, something bigger than life.This feeling of communion and spontaneous creation is the essence of free music. That's why I like horn-percussion duets because they embody this in its perfect form of freedom without becoming the chaos of too many voices conflicting, because it allows for more precise and attentive listening.

That's what I felt when I heard this Polish duo for the first time some weeks ago. The Slug Duo is Jakub Suchar on drums, percussion, moog synthesizer and elctronics, and Gerard Lebik on tenor sax, contra alto clarinet, generators, DIY, and electonics.Surprisingly enough, the duo released two albums this year on the same Polish label.

Slug Duo - Fully Improvised Sets From Falanster 2009 (Vytvornia OM, 2010) ****       

Slug Duo - Organic Stone (Vytvornia OM, 2010) ***

Concert at the Centre For Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in 2010 is the beginning of cooperation Slug Duo with

Kasuhisa Uschihashi. In june 2011 musicians  played and recorded on the Art of Improvisation festival. In Feb this year came to the next recording Slug  Duo with Uschihashi and trumpeter Artur Majewski.

The first album was recorded live at the Falanster Club in Wroclaw, Poland, in November of last year. The music is mainly acoustic with ongoing superb and varied free improvisation : from incredibly playful and rhythmic interaction, over fierce and wild moments, they can easily switch to more sensitive slower passages and back. It is all very straight-ahead, without too many pyrotechnics, and it is really a joy to listen to from beginning to end. It is pure, unadultered fun. The audience, though limited in number, claps and cheers, adding some value to this performance. It is so good, that it is real easy to recommend.

Their second release, "Organic Stone", is a little bit of a different beast. Recorded in the studio, it starts well, with a deep slow and free interaction between howling tenor and thundering drums. On the third track the electronics enter into play, and then this guy's attention starts to drift off. Yes, there is some drumming to be heard under the crackling noise, but we are far away from the pristine joy of celebrating music in its simplest form. We have left the realm of "close celebration" and we have entered the realm of "distant posture", with sounds that are made of plastic instead of made of wood. The same holds true for the rhythms, why would you process them into an endless repetitive beat if you can add lots of variation and subtle changes with natural playing. Luckily, the natural sound dominates most tracks and the playing is really good.

To the unique encounter  Slug Duo with the creator of the EIA /electroacoustic improvisation/ Keith Rowe is followed at the festival Musica Electronica Nova 2011. The musicians recorded a concert.

Keith Rowe

In August 2011 Slug Duo meet Rob Mazurek in Jakub  Suchar's Forest Underground Project