Breath + Hammer: David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg

Breath + Hammer: David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg
Krakauer-Tagg Duo by Tasja Keetman
Krakauer-Tagg 3 by Tasja Keetman
Breath & Hammer by Jill Steinberg 2016
Breath & Hammer 2 by Jill Steinberg 2016
Breath & Hammer 3 by Jill Steinberg
Breath & Hammer 4 by Jill Steinberg
Breath & Hammer 5 by Jill Steinberg
Krakauer-Tagg Duo 2 by Tasja Keetman


Performed by David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg. All sounds made by clarinet & piano.
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David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg in their Breath & Hammer project launch at National Sawdust as part of the FERUS Festival produced by Vision Into Art.
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  • country:USA
  • region:New York City
  • style(s):Contemporary, Classical Music
  • label:not signed
  • type:Duo
  • gender:male, female
  • instrumentation:instrumental, electronic, woodwind, piano
  • artist posted by:Arts & Entertainment Productions

Line up

  • David Krakauer (clarinet)
  • Kathleen Tagg (piano)


SHOWCASE: THE WORM. MAY 19, 11-11:30pm

Breath + Hammer are an all-star duo featuring Grammy nominated clarinetist David Krakauer and acclaimed composer/performer pianist Kathleen Tagg. Krakauer (‘Breath’) is a klezmer, classical and jazz musician and composer, and Tagg (‘Hammer’) is a performer who has penned a musical, an ‘alt-cabaret’, chamber music, and many albums’ worth of original works.

Breath + Hammer’s music is rooted in the dizzying matrix of styles that Krakauer and Tagg command. They 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.

"One of the most remarkable concerts I have ever attended anywhere in the world" is how one reviewer described a Breath + Hammer performance. Krakauer and Tagg are quickly redefining the rich tradition of clarinet-piano duos.


Breath + Hammer: David Krakauer & Kathleen Tagg