Influences of world music, jazz, classical, experimental techniques, and electronics blend together in this unique collaboration. Krakauer’s use of extended techniques, improvisation, and circular breathing on the clarinet, and Tagg’s prowess inside the piano to remake it as a harp, a zither, a drum, and a cello augment the traditional sounds of their instruments.

Breath + Hammer is made up of Krakauer & Tagg’s arrangements of “simple songs” by composers as diverse as New York-based visionary John Zorn, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, Cuban percussionist Roberto Rodriguez, as well as original compositions by Krakauer and Tagg, with influences ranging from interlocking African drumming patterns, Romantic symphonic music, to minimalism and klezmer. These diverse and seemingly disparate musical influences intermingle and transform into an entirely new hybrid art form that bridges the cultures of the past and the new work that looks towards the future.

Carnegie Hall Citywide Concert Series.

Image ©Tasja Keetman

No children under 6 will be permitted.

Classical Interludes is made possible in part with support from Dr. Beverly S. Jacobs, Todd Ferguson and many generous individuals.

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