Claudio Puntin – clarinet, electronics
Skúli Sverrisson – electric bass
Claudio Puntin and Skúli Sverrisson have collaborated in various contexts over the last decade or so. This evening they will present new works and improvisations for clarinets and bass as a part of Berlin Reykjavik Extreme Chill Festival.
The focus of the Festival is to reflect the creative music activity in these two vibrant cities.
Claudio Puntin is a createur de musique, a soloist who decides at the moment how to generate music out of emptiness. He draws from the universal range of human hearing, where emotions are and where the versatility of the sound can be shaped into music. From his big variety of musical roots, he has developed a personal musical language with natural access.
His most important teacher was master Sergiu Celibidache.
Claudio Puntin is considered one of the leading creative soloists on all clarinets wich made Joachim-Ernst Berendt describe him in his music dictionary as ” an extreme legato player, great sounding improviser and skilled technician, that binds the notes on mild manner and at the same time, with a strong rhythmical phrasing”.
His work in musical fields connected him with artists like Steve Reich, Hermeto Pascoal, Jan Bang, Skuli Sverrisson, Fred Frith, Sidsel Endresen, Max Loderbauer, Ricardo Villalobos, Samuel Rohrer, Anders Jormin, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Steffen Schorn, Dirk Muendelein, Dave Douglas as with music ensembles like Ensemble Modern, the Musikfabrik, Philharmonic Orchestras in Zürich, München, Amsterdam, Köln div. chamber music ensembles and especially many creative music groups.
His compositions and productions include works for chamber ensembles, orchestras, choirs, electronics, soundtracks for radioplays, films, theater and other art forms.
He set to music works by Anselm Kiefer, Orhan Pamuk, Daniel Kehlmann a.m.o.
With his ensembles he has performed at festivals in over 80 countries.
He can be heard on about 100 CDs on Labels like: ECM, Deutsche Grammophon Lit., Arjunamusic, enja, Unit Rec., Act, Sony, Between the Line, Hörverlag, JW Berlin, Piranha. He was awarded with the “Golden Amadeus for creative music”.
Over the past two decades, bass guitarist-composer Skuli Sverrisson has worked with a veritable who’s who of the experimental world, from free jazz legends (Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey) to music icons (Lou Reed. Jon Hassel, David Sylvian, Arto Lindsey) and composers (Ryuichi Sakamoto, Johann Johannsson and Hildur Gudnadottir). Sverrisson is also known for his work as an artistic director and producer for Olof Arnalds (Innundir Skinni, Vid og Vid and Sudden Elevation ), recordings with Blonde Redhead and as a musical director for legendary performance artist Laurie Anderson. He has released a series of duo albums of in collaboration with artists such as Anthony Burr, Oskar Gudjonsson and Hilmar Jensson. He has been a member of many influential groups including Pachora, Alas No Axis , The Allan Holdworth group and The Ben Monder group. He has appeared on over 100 recordings and has performed around the world with a wide range of artists.
Sverrisson has been awarded 7 Icelandic Music Awards, including Icelandic Album of the Year for Seria in 2006 and Jazz Album of the year for The Box Tree in 2012 , and nominated for the Nordic Council Music Prize in 2001 and 2011.