The KEW stands for a group of three composers: Krzysztof, Elzbieta and Wojciech, founded in 1973 when they were all students at the Fryderyk Chopin Higher State School of Music in Warsaw. They were a group of friends who enjoyed spending time in good (i.e. each other's) company and collectively coming up with new compositions. They weren't average students. Elzbieta Sikora had already been on probation (1968-1970) in Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris under the guidance of Pierre Schaeffer and François Bayle and had performed in France several times. Wojciech Michniewski (who had graduated with honours from the Department of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music) was giving numerous performances and was supposed to shortly obtain Orfeusz, the main award for the best performance of a Polish composition at the Warsaw Autumn Festival of Contemporary Music. Krzysztof Knittel was already successful in the area of popular music and he did not cease searching: he took part in courses on the Fortran programming language and attended lectures on mathematical and humanistic logics and on theories of probability. He was also a listener of a cycle of professor Tatarkiewicz's philosophical lectures. Kew 'The Second Secret Poem' (1974), 'In The Tatra Mountains' (1975), 'The Zones of Adherence' (1976), Wojciech Michniewski 'Whisperetto' (1973), Krzysztof Knittel 'Norcet' (1980), '3 Studies' (1979), 'Polygamy' (1979), 'Odds and Ends' (1978), 'Old Style Pieces' (1985). Elzbieta Sikora 'Flashback, hommage à Pierre Schaeffer' (1969-1996), 'View from the Window' (1971), 'The Head of Orpheus' (1981), 'The Night Face Up' (1978), 'The Second Journey' (1976).
Comes in digipak sleeve, including a 40-page booklet containing a detailed description for each piece in both Polish and English language.
Recorded in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw (apart from Flashback, The Night Face Up and Whisperetto).
"Flashback" recorded in Institut National Audiovisuel - Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris.
"The Night Face Up" comissioned and recorded by Groupe de musique expérimentale de Bourges.
"Whisperetto" recorded in the Polish Radio in Warsaw.
CDs sponsored by Ministry of Culture and Heritage and Capital City of Warsaw Municipal Office.