BBC Radio 3’s The Late Junction is known as “the home for adventurous listeners” - and this year the program’s Nick Luscombe came to Krakow to check out Unsound. He returned to London with live recordings from Unsound, plenty of Polish music and a batch of interviews. Broadcast over the past three nights, these shows are now available to stream online for the next month.
In the first, Nick plays an array of Polish music, and also interviews key figures, asking what makes the local underground scene tick, and how it came to be this way. The show even includes a visit to a local Krakow record store!
In the second episode, you’ll hear Nick descend 100 metres beneath the earth to the medieval Wieliczka Salt Mine outside Krakow, where he experienced a concert by one of the most important American composers, Terry Riley. You too can now listen to parts of this unique show, which took place in a chandelier-lit underground chamber.
In the last episode, The Late Junction heads to Krakow’s former Jewish district Kazimierz, featuring a recording of two memorable concerts that took place in the beautiful 19th-century Tempel Synagogue. The first is Ursula K. Le Guin and Todd Barton’s Music and Poetry for The Kesh - performed with Polish percussionist Hubert Zemler, and vocalists Agata Harz and Katarzyna Smoluk-Moczydłowska of Księżyc, Rafał Grozdew and Ania Broda. The second is a show from New York sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Lea Bertucci.
In terms of online listening, you can also check out the Unsound Podcast series, with two excellent mixes from the 2018 Kraków edition already online: Slikback and Skee Mask b2b Zenker Brothers, certified by Resident Advisor as the best music of October and November, respectively.