Janek Schaefer – Extended Play

(A Tryptic for child survivors of war and conflict)


Until 28 June

Robert Phillips Gallery

Riverhouse Arts Centre

Manor Road

Walton on Thames KT12 2PF


An exhibition inspired by Janek’s Polish Ancestry

During World War II, the BBC World service used to broadcast a short piece of music after the mid-day news to be heard by the Polish underground.

This was called 'Jodoform', and each piece of music had a specific meaning. The piece of music that was broadcast on the day Janek Schaefer's mother was born in Warsaw in 1942 was the Polish folk song 'Tango Lyczakowskie'. Janek used this piece as the basis for his extended Play sonic work, a piece that continuously and positively celebrates hope, survival, and new beginnings.

Frans de Ward, Vital, Holland

“Seldom has sound art sounded as enjoyable as this” Boomkat, UK “Like confronting a Mark Rothko painting for the first time in all its elemental, vital richness” White_Line UK

Audience Exhibition Reviews:

"Very moved by it... it's very beautifully thought out, and beautifully put together....rather emotional actually"

Audience Vox Pop, BBC Radio 3

"a piece to return to again and again... haunting and lulling" The Wire "so inspirational, and in many ways very spiritual" Gerry Turvey

"I was so deeply touched by your piece" Mandeep Kaur Samra

Album Reviews:

“This music, had Schaefer been born 50 years ago, could have easily been part of Brian Eno's Obscure Music series and has a similar, great quality to it like Gavin Bryars 'Sinking Of The Titanic'. Similar free form modern classical approach, great conceptual edge and great execution. Highlight all around in Janek's career”

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