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This Sunday, Krakauer & Tagg livestream two album release concerts

Their New Recording, Breath & Hammer, Comes Out This Friday

See a video teaser for the livestreamed performances.

This Sunday, May 10, Grammy-nominated, genre-bending, classical, klezmer and world music clarinetist David Krakauer and innovative composer, arranger, pianist and producer Kathleen Tagg livestream two 75-minute album release concerts. Celebrating this week’s release of Breath & Hammer, the performances will feature intimate, acoustic versions of repertoire from the new recording alongside some of the duo’s other old favorites and new arrangements, all filmed with professional-quality audio in a multi-camera shoot. Both concerts will be followed by record signings and online meet-and-greets.

Breath & Hammer is due for release this Friday, May 8, on the duo’s own Table Pounding Records label. Performed solely on clarinet, piano and Tagg’s self-styled “piano orchestra” of interwoven preparations and samples, all integrated into a multi-layered, quasi-orchestral soundscape, the record combines the duo’s own compositions with their original arrangements of music by close friends and collaborators. These include accordionist, composer and pianist Rob Curto, maverick composer-saxophonist John Zorn, Cuban percussionist Roberto Rodriguez, accordionist and klezmer specialist Emil Kroitor, and Syrian composer and clarinet virtuoso Kinan Azmeh, who describes the duo’s performance as “truly beautiful and inspiring.” The album is already available for pre-order from Bandcamp and Apple Music, and will be listed on Spotify, Deezer and Tidal on Friday. For more details, see the press release.

Concert details:

Krakauer & Tagg:

Intimate album release concerts, streaming live on Sunday, May 10

• 7pm in Paris / Cape Town (7pm CEST / 1pm EDT)

• 7pm in New York (7pm EDT / 1am CEST on May 11)


Works from Breath & Hammer album, and more


David Krakauer, clarinet; Kathleen Tagg, piano


Livestream only: $12

Livestream plus digital download of Breath & Hammer: $18

A “pay what you wish” donation option is provided for those hit hard by COVID-19.

Available at Eventbrite here (7pm Paris/Cape Town time) and here (7pm New York time)

More info:

A virtual meet-&-greet and album signing with the artists follows both concerts. No replay of the concerts, which are live only.

For promotional and review purposes, the album may be downloaded here. (This is not intended for sharing or broadcasting before the May 8 release date without prior consultation with 21C.)

High-resolution photos can be downloaded here.

In light of the public health and safety measures currently in place, all Krakauer and Tagg’s upcoming live tour dates are now subject to postponement. Cancellations, make-up dates and other updates will be announced here.

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