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Ever since they began collaborating in 2015, the musicians of Passepartout Duo have been known for their tireless advocacy of new music, ideas that cross aesthetic boundaries, and the compelling films they create. Driven by their shared values of music, people, and travel, Nicoletta Favari & Christopher Salvito's simple and elegant approach has already earned them a reputation as a thoughtful and promising emerging group within the contemporary music field.

Medium Bio

Ever since they began collaborating in 2015, the musicians of Passepartout Duo have been known for their tireless advocacy of new music, ideas that cross aesthetic boundaries, and the compelling films they create. Driven by their shared values of music, people, and travel, Nicoletta Favari & Christopher Salvito's simple and elegant approach has already earned them a reputation as a thoughtful and promising emerging group within the contemporary music field.

The work of the duo has been described as, "globalized and far-reaching and provocative and, yes, even beautiful" by the Lake Champlain Weekly. In addition to performing across dozens of countries and scores of US states, the duo has performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in Cuba, and the KlangBasel Festival in Switzerland. Being avid collaborators, a recent project of the group involved composing and recording music for Belgian-based animator Anna Van Riel's short film Mixed Materials. As educators, the members of Passepartout Duo offer a variety of classes and engagements for students; most recently, they were ensemble in residence for the composition department at University of Miami's Frost School of Music. 

Long Bio

Ever since they began collaborating in 2015, the musicians of Passepartout Duo have been known for their tireless advocacy of new music, ideas that cross aesthetic boundaries, and the compelling films they create. Driven by their shared values of music, people, and travel, Nicoletta Favari & Christopher Salvito's simple and elegant approach has already earned them a reputation as a thoughtful and promising emerging group within the contemporary music field.

The work of the duo has been described as, "globalized and far-reaching and provocative and, yes, even beautiful" by the Lake Champlain Weekly. In addition to performing across dozens of countries and scores of US states, the duo has performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in Cuba, and the KlangBasel Festival in Switzerland. Being avid collaborators, a recent project of the group involved composing and recording music for Belgian-based animator Anna Van Riel's short film Mixed Materials. As educators, the members of Passepartout Duo offer a variety of classes and engagements for students; most recently, they were ensemble in residence for the composition department at University of Miami's Frost School of Music. 

Their upcoming projects include the filming of Lansing McLoskey's new piece This Will Not Be Loud and Relentless, and a two-month-long residency in Iceland focusing on the theme Skammdegi, the Icelandic word for "The Shortest Day." Going forward with this theme, Passepartout Duo's 2018-2019 Season will focus on a new evening length program based around the solstices as experienced from the Nordic countries, and will take the Duo to Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, and Denmark.

Press

"But at the center of it all, the work of this two-year-old duo boils down to a single common theme: two people proving over and over again that artistry exists without barriers of any form. The common expectations for a pianist and a percussionist playing truly contemporary duets fit a particular stereotype, one that the duo shatters daily with modern music that is globalized and far-reaching and provocative and, yes, even beautiful."

Benjamin Pomerance
Lake Champlain Weekly

"An air of elegance, within the technical side of the production, moves through this video, making it quite memorable and enjoyable to watch."

The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards
Review of 'Less is More'

"These 25 year-old adventurers are causing ripples in far corners of the globe."

Angela Brown
Hill & Hollow Music, Artistic Director

Full Articles

Interview with Meet the Artist

The Wonder of New - Lake Champlain Weekly

In the Wake of Passion (for Percussion) - Hill & Hollow Music

This Duo Wants to Put Classical Music Back in Your Living Room - Banff Centre Press