Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Breath & Hammer

May 11, 2019
7: 30 p.m.

Breath & Hammer is a mosaic of clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg’s arrangements of “simple songs” by composers as diverse as New York-based visionary John Zorn, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and Cuban percussionist Roberto Rodriguez, as well as original compositions by Krakauer and 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. 

Breath & Hammer will round out the season with an unexpected approach that blurs lines between classical, jazz, and electronic music.

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Soundings: New Music at the Nasher is supported by Charles and Jessie Price, Kay and Elliot Cattarulla, Laura and Walter Elcock, John Dayton, the Friends of Soundings, and TACA. Additional support is provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. Media Partner: WRR 101.1 FM