THE INTERNational nothing

16 October, Friday

19:00 – 19:45 

Lindenfels Westflügel


Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke started working together as a clarinet duo in 2000. After improvising for some time in a mainly quiet and noise-based style, they became bored and turned their thoughts in new directions to find the delicate pleasures one might not associate with clarinet duos. In 2003 they shifted their project towards composing pieces that focus on tone material.

In a kind of pipe-organ style, they merge two clarinets into one complex sound, which often sounds like more than two voices through the comforts that multiphonics and different tones offer. The pieces have a warm and slow quality that could be associated with electronic music. The two clarinetists always develop their compositions together. Their way of composing can be described as “empirical”. The music doesn’t begin in the mind of one musician but relies instead on the ears of both and on the long collective process of trying, failing, changing, and developing ideas during numerous rehearsals until a piece is brought into its final form.


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