The International Nothing, and new duo of Pascal Battus and Samo Kutin at ŠKUC Gallery
Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke (The International Nothing) started working together as a clarinet duo 22 years ago. Together, they create multi-layered sound sculptures, using multiphonic, rhythm frequencies and differential tone as an integral part of their language. The duo released six albums by Japanese record label Ftarri and toured Europe, East Asia, and North and South America. In 2003, they switched from free improvisation to composing songs with an emphasis on tonal material. In a kind of wind organ style, they combine two clarinets into a single complex sound, which often sounds like more than two voices. Their music sounds warm and slowed down, and could be associated with electronic music. The clarinettists always develop their music together. Music does not begin in the head of one musician, but rather relies on the ears of both and on a long collaborative process of trial, error, modification and development of ideas over many rehearsals, until the composition takes its final shape. We will present a unique and unusual duet of clarinets for the first time in Slovenia.
French sound artist and experimental musician Pascal Battus will spend a ten-day residency in Slovenia, between 10 and 20 September 2022, and will work intensively with a Slovene musician Samo Kutin. The duo will record their first joint album which will be released by Edition FriForma / Inexhaustible Editions.