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Krakauer/Tagg Duo

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Grammy nominated star David Krakauer and acclaimed composer/performer Kathleen Tagg come together in a passionate, eclectic and highly personal musical journey called “Breath and Hammer”. Krakauer & Tagg share a constant quest to redefine the sounds and roles of their instruments and push far outside the boundaries of the traditional clarinet and piano recital by including extended techniques, loops and samples in a program of compositions by the duo and a host of performer-composers from around the globe.

Enhanced by an immersive video feed, this unique collaboration is made up of Krakauer & Tagg’s arrangements of tunes by composers as diverse as John Zorn, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Cuban percussionist Roberto Rodriguez plus original compositions by Krakauer & Tagg, with influences ranging from interlocking African drumming patterns to romantic symphonic music to minimalism to klezmer.  These diverse and seemingly disparate musical influences intermingle, transformed into something entirely new, a hybrid art form that bridges the cultures of the past and new work that looks towards the future.


“The New York-based duo had us in awe from the very first second, and I am still in awe of the immense privilege it was to witness such a passionate and varied performance… Both Krakauer and Tagg elicited astonishing tones from their instruments by what can only be described as unorthodox methods.”
— Marie Stinnes, What’s on in Cape Town

“It is lovely to watch Tagg and Krakauer playing from the same invisible page where mood and phrasing are written. Their synergy of interpretation travels immediately to the audience… After the last note of the enchantment had faded, no-one wanted to come out of meditation.”
— Andy Wilding, Fine Music Radio