Sympozion | Kundabuffer

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Kundabuffer

by Sympozion

A new and unexpected blend of everything that was good in the 20th century plus a secret ingredient.
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Patterns
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2. Happy War Holiday
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3. Bird
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3:41 $1.10
4. Grapefruit
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5. Six
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6. Zona
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7. Too Much
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8. Grapefruit Variations
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Arik Hayat - Composition, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals
Elad Abraham - Composition, Guitar, Recorder
Ori Ben-Zvi - Guitars, Guitar Solos
Dan Carpman - Bass, Vocals
Boris Zilberstein - Drums

The band was started in 2000, by two young composers - Arik Hayat and Elad Abraham. Spending a lot of time playing and experimenting together led them to forming the first two compositions which was the basis for all that followed (one of them was Grapefruit, which survived the years through to the album).
The music slowly evolved and more instruments were needed to perform it. After a long period in which many talented musicians took part in the ensemble, the current line-up was formed and the band began performing on stages throughout Tel-Aviv.
In 2003 work on the debut album “Kundabuffer” began, together with musical producer and sound artist, Udi Koomran.
After more than a year the album was completed, and a label company was needed to release the album. The search was conducted by Raya Kosovsky, the band's manager. The rough situations in the music industry lead to the decision that the album was to be released independently by the band.

The music on Kundabuffer has an undefined range of styles. There are no main criteria for the emergence of a specific influence in the music. The most important thing is the overall harmony of influences, moods and characters. As long as everyone can live happily together - everyone is welcomed.

Here is a short list of bands and artists that influenced the music on this album: Gentle Giant, Frank Zappa, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Erik Satie, Olivier Messiaen, Igor Stravinsky, Yannis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez, Joe Pass, John Coltrane and many more.


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LasseM


Rather Zappa minded music, with an eastern touch, which are played with an jazzy attitude more than a rocky one

Yair Harel

Great music - refreshing, smart, beautiful
Wow, I didn't expect such quality from a young prog band. Way to go! Impressive level of musicianship, composition, and melodic content. Following the footsteps of prog giants, Symposion created a refreshing album that is fun to listen to.

Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

Exploring a wide variety sounds that blend perfectly into the music
The young Israeli band Sympozion was formed in the beginning of the new millennium, by two ambitious composers named Arik Hayat and Elad Abraham. At the beginning there wasn't a clear vision of what the music would sound like, but they knew pretty well what they didn't want to do, and that is to repeat anything they have heard before. After a few months of composing together, they started forming the ensemble that will realize the results of their musical experiments. Many different musical universes came together in the music of Sympozion, and although the primary target was not to repeat anything the composers have heard before, there is an obvious connection to the traditions and achievements of some of the great musicians in the 20th century and earlier times. It went through extreme changes, varying in the number of musicians, different instruments and performance styles and eventually, after two years of searching, the final combination was found and the taste Sympozion cake was ready. I´m happy to announce and introduce Sympozion, a new musical reference to all Progressive Rock friends around the world, the music from the band comes from several different perspectives, with a complex musical arrangements centered around mainly guitars led instrumentation, featuring nice guitar solos, good keyboard melody and an enjoyable musical section, exploring a wide variety sounds that blend perfectly into the music, you must have a special attention on the vocals, you will find a mystical adventure because the lyrics are singing in Hebrew. "Kundabuffer" is a "concept album" of improvised instrumental music, with a evidence of the main musical genres around styles as: "Progressive Rock", "Jazz Fusion", "RIO", "Classical Music", and "Avant-Garde", and their musical references, and influences, could be compared with legendery bands such as "Gentle Giant", "Frank Zappa", "Gong", "Yes" and "Soft Machine". "Kundabuffer" album was released in January 7th, 2006, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Udi Koomran at Ginger Studio using W-Waves software. Drums recorded by David Saban at Gaus studio. Grand Piano Recorded by Udi Koomran at the Rimon studio. Flute on "Patterns", "Bird" & "Grapefruit" played by Ilan Salem. Additional composing on "Grapefruit" by Nissim Halifa. Produced by Udi Koomran. Executive Production: Sympozion and Raya Kosovsky. Art design by Sarit Hayat. Photograph by Raya Kosovsky. "According to G.I. Gurdjieff's writings, the organ Kundabuffer was planted inside all humans at a special time in our history, when a cosmic imbalance needed to be repaired. The process of removing the organ, once the balance was achieved, was damaged, and that led to all of humanity's different flaws and twisted behaviors". A special and particular attention to and my favourite songs are: "Patterns", "Happy War Holiday", "Grapefruit", "Six", "Zona", and "Grapefruit Variations". The line-up of Sympozion consists of the following members: Arik Hayat – Composition, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals, Elad Abraham – Composition, Guitar, Recorder, Dan Carpman – Bass Guitar, Vocals, Boris Zilberstein - Drums and Ori Ben Zvi – Guitars. Brilliant and indispensable work, highly recommendable... (Comments by Carlos Vaz)