Michael Thieke and Kai Fagaschinski a.k.a. The International Nothing build a DIY chamber music unit, working collectively on their own compositions. In their pieces the two clarinets merge into one sound, which often sounds like more than two instruments.
Through the delicate use of multiphonics, beat frequencies and difference tones a unique duo style has been developed. Even though the music is played and presented purely acoustically, it has a strong association with electronic music.
The International Nothing | 10th Anniversary Concert
The duo has played all over Europe and toured North America. They‘ve presented their music at festivals like Donaueschinger Musiktage (2007), Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf 2008), Experimental Intermedia (New York 2009), Maerzmusik (Berlin 2009), Serrales em Festo (Porto 2010), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt 2012), and Météo Festival (Mulhouse 2012).
For early 2014 the duo is preparing the release of their 3rd album, which will comprice six new compositions of new sonic depth done collectively between 2010 and 2013.
The International Nothing | Live at Ausland
“two men capable of blowing poetry through their clarinets … Whatever notation Fagaschinski and Thieke have devised is obviously a good one. It lends their ideas an elegant sense of order and licenses the unforeseen, as difficult-to-realise notation keeps the narrative dangerous and unsteady.” – Philip Clark, The Wire
„The pieces share a minimalist, ambient atmosphere that gradually reveals itself at a slow, gentle pace. While moments can be somewhat intense, the disc’s overall state is meditative, tranquil and, curiously for its definite “avant” aesthetic, relaxing. Light a candle, soak in a warm bath and let these guys take you on a fascinating voyage.“ – Glen Hall, Exclaim
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The International Nothing
Wednesday, 21st May 2014 | 20:30 CET
NK | Elsenstr. 52 | 2.Hinterhaus Etage 2 | 12059 Berlin/Neukölln