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Archimedes Badkar (Archimedes Bathtub) was a Swedish group formed by percussionist/pianist/composer Per Tjernberg that existed between 1972 -1980, recording four LPs (including a 2 LP set) that has since achieved cult status in several camps. World Music was not yet a household term, but for once that description seems perfect for what Archimedes Badkar must definitely be regarded as one of the pioneering bands. Several of the members had travelled and studied music in North and South India, Morocco, Mali, Ghana and other countries, and several of them were well educated in the languages of jazz and contemporary music. What still seems unique and fascinating about this band is that there seemed to be no limits in terms of musical styles and instrumentation : in live performances and on recordings they would transform themselves from a Greek village orchestra to an african thumb-piano duo to a wild horn-driven jazz-combo to a Indian ensemble with sarod, santoor, tablas and the works but with electric bass taking the lead... this might not seem entirely sensational today, but think again -- this was thirty years ago. The late Don Cherry, who some claim actually invented the term World Music, was residing in Sweden at the time and was a very important influence on Archimedes Badkar. Tre is, as its title implies, Archimedes Badkars third album, extended for this first-ever CD-release with five bonus tracks from the second album and Bado Kidogo (a collaboration with members from Tanzanian pop band Afro 70 with whom the group toured as a big band in the summer of 1978)." - MNW. "Archimedes Badkar will always remind me of easy times, the joy of discovering something new and making it sound easy to do.
Cat. number: MNWCD 78