Klapper / Berre Duo (CZ/NO)
Electro-acoustic wizard Martin Klapper was on the scene already in the 90’s when he participated in the legendary “Company weeks” organized by Derek Bailey. Among his many collaborations, the duo appears with Roger Turner as one of the most important - "Resourceful, these fellows - aren't they", as Bailey said about them with a typical British understatement. Born 1963 in Prague, Czech Republic, Klapper mostly works as a composer, musician and visual artist. Martin Klapper is a musician who gets on-stage without a single recognizable musical instrument. Instead, he improvises with as much as two full picnic tables covered with mechanical toys, toy instruments, everyday electronic gadgets, and a variety of homemade instruments. His ability to coax an incredible array of weird sounds out of these devices, combined with a seemingly always-in-control manner of interplay with his fellow musicians, made him an in-demand player on the improv scene since the mid-80’s.
Håkon Berre is Norwegian drummer and composer who currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he works as a freelance musician and educator. His playing is characterized by an inventive and energetic drumming, using a rich palette of sounds from a wide diversity of trash and objects, and occasionally incorporating real-time electronics. This can be heard on a discography spanning 42 CD's and LP’s, and has brought him to numerous clubs and festivals all around the world with improvisers like Peter Brötzmann, Phil Minton, Axel Dörner, John Tchicai, Peter Friis-Nielsen, Tobias Delius, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mikko Innanen, Liudas Mockunas and Susana Santos Silva. He has composed and arranged music for theater performances and art exhibitions, in addition to several interactive sound installations exhibited at art museums in both Denmark and Germany. Berre is a co-founder and active member of the record label & musicians collective Barefoot Records.
Martin Klapper (CZ) - amplified objects, tape, electronics, toys
Håkon Berre (NO) – drums, preparations/objects