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Fritz Hauser & Pedro Carneiro: Pas de Deux


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Fritz Hauser & Pedro Carneiro: Pas de Deux
Pas de Deux (a dance for two) is an enthralling collaboration between percussion luminaries Fritz Hauser and Pedro Carneiro, emerging as a symphonic exploration of rhythm and resonance, challenging and redefining the traditional confines of percussion-based music. This collection transcends the typical aggregation of tracks; it unfolds as a nuanced, poetic exchange between two maestros, articulating a dialogue through the sophisticated vernacular of rhythm and timbre.

First off, those expecting a typical drum solo album, where it is all about who can hit the loudest and fastest, should think again. This is more like a chess game where each move is a delicate tap, stroke, or caress of an instrument. Yet in certain spots, they raise the temperature and alter a given narrative.

Hauser and Carneiro craft an articulate realm where percussion transcends its conventional rhythmic role, venturing into the realms of textural intricacy, chromatic nuances, and spatial dynamics. The resultant soundscape is a rich, multi-layered mosaic, extending beyond anticipated auditory limits, that is both tangibly tactile and enveloping.

The album title aptly mirrors the content, emblematic of a choreographed interplay between the duo. Their sonic interlacing exudes a sense of kinetic elegance, amid shadows and illumination, underpinned by both gentle undertones and assertive proclamations.

The duo operate within adroit and deep-diving conversations, tinged with colorful hues and Hauser's use of small and unidentifiable percussion instruments along with reverberating cymbal swashes. Each piece within the album unveils a distinct aspect of Hauser and Carneiro's musical intellect and creativity. Certain compositions are introspective and nuanced, drawing the listener into a contemplative state with their subtlety. In contrast, others expand into bolder, resonant territories, filling the musicality with an almost palpable presence.

It is a timbral outing which occasionally skirts minimalism, countered by Hauser's monstrous tom rolls in unison with Carniero's organic performances. On "Cinquieme Pas" Hauser employs a bassy bowed instrument to create a harrowing soundscape offset by Carniero's fluent inner-workings and cunning use of EFX to garner a ricocheting sound.

This is not just a series of musical pieces; it is a strategized dance of sounds. Their performance is a kinetic ballet, full of grace and power, shadow, and light, whispered secrets and bold declarations.

Track Listing

Premier Pas; DeuxièMe Pas; TroisièMe Pas; QuatrièMe Pas; CinquièMe Pas; SixièMe Pas; SeptièMe Pas.


Additional Instrumentation

Pedro Carneiro: marimba.

Album information

Title: Pas de Deux | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records



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