Grammy-nominated clarinetist DAVID KRAKAUER and pianist KATHLEEN TAGG have been performing together as the Krakauer-Tagg Duo since 2012 in the genre-crossing recital program Beyond Crossover. Now they have created a new project which draws even more on their unique sounds. Breath & Hammer is their latest genre-bending project, which launched in January 2016 at National Sawdust in New York.
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“…Krakauer joined with the adventurous South African pianist Kathleen Tagg in an exciting new duo project known as Breath and Hammer. At the peak of their conversation, Krakauer sailed through virtuosic passages before taking off on a passionate, soul-stirring improvisation…Throughout their compelling duo set, Tagg joined prepared piano to electronics in increasingly brilliant applications
– Downbeat Magazine
“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 in this noble, historical venue…After the interval, the music could be described as everything but harmonious – however, we were spoilt with an incredible performance of Klezmer and Jazz-inspired modern pieces.
Both Krakauer and Tagg elicited astonishing tones from their instruments by what can only be described as unorthodox methods. Tagg used cloth and metal jewellery to manipulate the piano’s sound, and even stood up during her performance to pluck its strings, which had the audience in awe. Krakauer, regarded as one of the greatest clarinetists globally, blurred the lines between instrumental and vocal music by making his clarinet laugh, cry and sing in front of our very eyes. As if their talent wasn’t enough, both Krakauer and Tagg have a keen desire for the audience to “participate” in the performance, instead of simply to listen passively, with the result that the audience felt as elatedly exerted as the musicians!”
-What’s On in Cape Town