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DAVID KRAKAUER & KATHLEEN TAGG BREATH AND HAMMER: VOYAGES

Grammy nominated clarinetist/world music star David Krakauer and acclaimed pianist-composer Kathleen Tagg come together in a passionate, eclectic and highly personal musical journey that they call „Breath and Hammer“. Enhanced by an immersive video feed, this unique collaboration is made up of Krakauer & Tagg´s arrangements of „ simple songs“ that uses extended techniques, loops and samples in a program ranging from Zorn to klezmer, along with compositions by the duo and a host of performer-composers from around the globe, bridging the cultures of the past and transforming them into new work that looks towards the future.

REVIEWS For DAVID KRAKAUER & KATHLEEN TAGG'S BREATH & HAMMER (2020):

"...You almost have to take their word for it when they tell you it is nothing but clarinet and piano... Krakauer is a clarinetist who is capable of a mind-boggling array of sounds…"
-John Schaefer, host of WNYC New Sounds

"‘Breath and Hammer’ is a masterful and joyous journey that rewards and delights the listener every moment of the way. I was beaming through the entire album, reinvigorated by the energy and imagination of each track and so happy to know that David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg have made a musical adventure that pulls us out of the static isolated silence of our fraught time. They have found a way to give music a huge refreshing burst of energy only true explorers are able to give. They bound to ecstatic heights of fantasy and show us a new bright path forward."
-David Harrington, violinist & founder of the Kronos Quartet

"Truly beautiful and inspiring. My clearest thoughts are: 'this is music that is inspired by traditions but not limited by them, and it is also music that redefines the genre and both instruments'."
-Kinan Azmeh, clarinetist & composer

"The most compelling thing about this project from clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg is the way three different sources culminate in one convergence. The influences of klezmer, modern jazz, and classical find any number of meeting points."
- Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily (The Best Jazz on Bandcamp: May 2020)

Line Up

David Krakauer, clarinet, vocals
Kathleen Tagg, accordion, keyboard, electric cello

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Tourdates

15.11.2022  travel to Europe
22.11.2022  BRUSSELS/Belgium
26.11.2022  DELEMONT/Switzerland - Salle du Centre RéforméTickets
02.12.2022  end of tour

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