Soundings: New Music at the Nasher

Breath & Hammer

May 11, 2019

With a mutual desire to push their instruments to the limits of possibility, South African-born pianist Kathleen Tagg and American clarinetist David Krakauer make up the duo Breath & Hammer. The two met in New York’s consistently fertile music scene, which also launched the career of John Zorn, a key composer in the body of work from which Breath & Hammer mines. 

Krakauer has also recorded for Zorn’s revered Tzadik record label, a torchbearer for modern klezmer music, in which the clarinetist is a key figure. Tagg’s approach to the piano is to “prepare” its inner workings in John Cage-like fashion, another musical influence that looms large in the world of Soundings. 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, the Friends of Soundings, TACA, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. Additional support is provided by Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger. Media Partner: WRR 101.1 FM