Less is More

Dynamic lighting design meets music, performed and staged by Passepartout Duo

Less is More is a conceptual program of works presented by Passepartout Duo, the centerpiece of which is Molly Joyce's piece "Less is More." Less is More draws on the thread of minimalist aesthetics and the way in which messages are sent and received in analogue and digital worlds. The works on the program deal with ideas of efficiency and simplicity; with onstage lighting performed by the ensemble, the program is a wholly audiovisual experience. 

Commissioned by Justus and Elizabeth Schilichting for the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab


A new audiovisual program about the shortest and longest days of the year.

Inspired by the seasonal cycles that guide life in Nordic countries, Skammdegi/Náttleysi is a work-in-progress evening-length program for piano and percussion composed by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir and Marta Forsberg. Skammdegi and Náttleysi are words taken from the old Icelandic calendar that respectively refer to the shortest darkest days, and the longest nightless days of the year. These unique arctic light cycles are an experience that is shared only by those living in the north most regions of the world, yet they speak to each person's own experience with the darkness and light in their own lives.

Commissioned by the Nordisk Kulturkontakt and the Nordisk Kulturfond.


Ministero dei Beni e delle Attivitá Culturali e del Turismo Direzione Generale Spettacolo
GAI Associazione per il Circuito dei Giovani Artisti Italiani

Photo Credit: Nike Bergman



An album of original works that reflect on the local community in Ólafsfjörður, a remote fishing town in northern Iceland. 

Written during Passepartout Duo's residency in Iceland in Winter of 2018, Ólafsfjörður is a new album and collaboration with the artist couple of Yannis Zhang and Yumo Wu (architecture and visual art.) The music contains subtle introductions of tintinnabulation and the harmonic series, that underline what the Duo saw daily in Ólafsfjörður. Although it is currently performed as a live set, the end product will be a vinyl LP that cohesively integrates music and original visual art.

Hear Yannis Zhang, Yumo Wu, Nicoletta Favari, and Christopher Salvito speak about their collaboration on the new album Ólafsfjörður

Mixed Materials

Synopsis: Two young art school grads are very determined to throw themselves into the art world and be successful. But not everything goes as planned... Fortunately, there's always grandma. 


Mixed Materials is an animated short film by Anna van Riel with music by Passepartout Duo. Van Riel's animations create a sense of childlike play that also highlights the melancholy of day-to-day life. From the perspective of artists, animals, and ancestors, the audience feels a sense of nostalgia for a place they might not yet be familiar with: the Flemish countryside.

The film was premiered in October 2017 at Film Fest Gent. Since then, it has been an Official Selection of: Anima Fest Zagreb, Athens Animfest, Flatpack Film Festival, Anima Brussels, Kort Film Festival, and the Brussels Short Film Festival. For information about coordinating a screening of Mixed Materials please contact Anna Van Riel.

Film trailer from the 44th Film Fest Gent

Full Repertoire List

John Luther Adams - Red Arc / Blue Veil

Christopher Adler - The Toy Robot's Mechanical Heart

Andy Akiho - Karakurenai

Georges Aperghis - Quatre Pièces Fébriles

Kaj Duncan David - 4c0st1ctr1g3r

Wally Gunn - Can You Hear Me?

Bryan Jacobs - Piano+Electronics

Molly Joyce - Less is More

Nikolai Kapustin - Burlesque, Op. 97

Nikolai Kapustin - Nearly Waltz, Op. 98

Hannah Lash - C

Lansing McLoskey - This Will Not Be Loud and Relentless

Filip de Melo - Interger Valor

Eirik Moland - Creation Sighs

Mayke Nas - DiGiT #2

Steve Reich - Clapping Music

Steve Reich - Quartet