French – Polish percussionists and marimbists known as AXOUM DUO. Internationally acclaimed artists. Elwira Slazak both appears as a soloist and as a member of Axoum Duo. Gabriel Collet, besides his performance activities, he is active as a composer and arranger, creating music for documentaries, animated movies as well as writing orchestral music and pop songs.
Axoum Duo creates their own musical language, performing their own “cross-over” and “movie” style music often written by Gabriel Collet. Artists collaborate with polish as well as international musicians, singers, dancers and painters.
Since 20 years Axoum performs in the concert halls and festivals around the world. In 2017 they made their Australian debut during the “Ten Days on the Island Festival” in Hobart (Tasmania) - "Returning Lives", an intercultural collaboration between artists from Hobart, Shanghai and Warsaw. In 2016, during the "VII J.Waldorff Summer Festival" the duo premiered Gabriel Collet`s first Concerto for 2 marimbas and symphonic Orchestra "Conversation with a stone"(inspired by the poetry of Nobel poetress Wisława Szymborska).
Axoum's artistry has been featured in the national polish media, including National Public Radio and recordings have been broadcast on different radios in Europe and Australia. The duo also makes appearances on different TV shows in Poland.
Their first CD recording with new music "Axoum New music for two marimbas" has been released in 2007 with, among others, three first recordings of the original pieces written for marimba duo. It has received enthusiastic reviews in France, Belgium, Japan and USA.
They appear as jury members in international competitions. The duo is a prize winner of many international competitions - solo and duo. Artists hold degrees with the highest distinctions from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerp, Postgraduate Concert Soloist studies (marimba).
Artists perform on Yamaha 5100A marimbas