David Krakauer and Kathleen Tagg
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:30PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

“Music-making at its best: joyful abandonment without a trace of inhibition…”
– CUE Magazine

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. www.krakauertaggduo.com

Program

November 22 by Kinan Azmeh (arr. Tagg)

Ebuhuel by John Zorn (arr. Krakauer, Tagg)

Parzial by John Zorn (arr. Krakauer, Tagg)

Shron by Roberto Rodriguez (arr. Tagg)

Berimbau by Kathleen Tagg

Rattlin’ Down the Road by David Krakauer

Demon Chopper by Rob Curto (arr. Tagg)

Moldavian Voyage by Emil Kroitor (arr. Tagg, Krakauer)

Synagogue Wail by David Krakauer

Der Heyser Bulgar Traditional (arr. Krakauer, Tagg)

DAVID KRAKAUER
Only a select few artists have the ability to convey their message to the back row, to galvanize an audience with a visceral power that connects on a universal level. David Krakauer is such an artist.  Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music.

In 2015 he received a Grammy nomination  in the Chamber music/small ensemble category as soloist with the conductorless orchestra “A Far Cry“, and a Juno nomination for the CD “Akoka” with cellist Matt Haimovitz.  New  releases include his 2015 album “Checkpoint” with his band Ancestral Groove and “The Big Picture” on his own label, Table Pounding Records in 2014.

KATHLEEN TAG
South African-born pianist, composer and producer Kathleen Tagg, praised for her combining of “outstanding technique with deep musicality”, has been based in New York since 2001. She has performed on four continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, had her original music performed in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, appeared on a host of classical, world music and multi-genre recordings and produced numerous CDs and inter-disciplinary programs from South Africa to Los Angeles. Her work has been released on record labels NAXOS, Universal, Table Pounding Records and Gallo Africa. A 2014 SAMA nominee for best classical album, she has performed in recital with some of the world’s leading musicians, and the remarkable breadth of her collaborations defines her multi-faceted career.

http://www.krakauertaggduo.com

Event Info

“Music-making at its best: joyful abandonment without a trace of inhibition…”
– CUE Magazine

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. www.krakauertaggduo.com

Program Notes

Program

November 22 by Kinan Azmeh (arr. Tagg)

Ebuhuel by John Zorn (arr. Krakauer, Tagg)

Parzial by John Zorn (arr. Krakauer, Tagg)

Shron by Roberto Rodriguez (arr. Tagg)

Berimbau by Kathleen Tagg

Rattlin’ Down the Road by David Krakauer

Demon Chopper by Rob Curto (arr. Tagg)

Moldavian Voyage by Emil Kroitor (arr. Tagg, Krakauer)

Synagogue Wail by David Krakauer

Der Heyser Bulgar Traditional (arr. Krakauer, Tagg)

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DAVID KRAKAUER
Only a select few artists have the ability to convey their message to the back row, to galvanize an audience with a visceral power that connects on a universal level. David Krakauer is such an artist.  Widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, he has been praised internationally as a key innovator in modern klezmer as well as a major voice in classical music.

In 2015 he received a Grammy nomination  in the Chamber music/small ensemble category as soloist with the conductorless orchestra “A Far Cry“, and a Juno nomination for the CD “Akoka” with cellist Matt Haimovitz.  New  releases include his 2015 album “Checkpoint” with his band Ancestral Groove and “The Big Picture” on his own label, Table Pounding Records in 2014.

KATHLEEN TAG
South African-born pianist, composer and producer Kathleen Tagg, praised for her combining of “outstanding technique with deep musicality”, has been based in New York since 2001. She has performed on four continents in leading venues such as Carnegie Hall, had her original music performed in venues such as New York’s Lincoln Center, appeared on a host of classical, world music and multi-genre recordings and produced numerous CDs and inter-disciplinary programs from South Africa to Los Angeles. Her work has been released on record labels NAXOS, Universal, Table Pounding Records and Gallo Africa. A 2014 SAMA nominee for best classical album, she has performed in recital with some of the world’s leading musicians, and the remarkable breadth of her collaborations defines her multi-faceted career.

http://www.krakauertaggduo.com

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