As We Speak

As We Speak (50'00") is a concert program that focuses on the interaction between music and the recorded human voice. Arranged for a portable instrumentation utilizing a small keyboard and amplified vibraphone bars, the program includes:

  • Poor Margie - Florent Ghys
  • Stop Speaking - Andy Akiho
  • SINGLE PLAYER v.2 co-op - Nina Fukuoka
  • Coming Together / Attica - Frederic Rzewski

The concert takes a clever look at technology and its connection with the human experience: a 1949 instructional film on cooking terms, scenes from today's hyper-realistic video games, the text-to-speech feature of the MacBook Pro, and the means of communication that make a revolution possible. With all its biases and flaws on display, the audience views the connection between technology and people with an ironic twist, alongside speech and music.



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

Nicoletta Favari, Christopher Salvito, Yumo Wu, and Yannis Zhang arrived in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland on December 1st, 2017. Positioned just half a degree south of the Arctic Circle, the four spent nine weeks without sun reflecting on the connections between artists, the environment, and the unique local community. The end result will be available soon: an album containing four tracks and original cyanotype prints, handcrafted per order, inspired by this small fishing town and a dark winter.

The album and prints, are currently on exhibition in the form of an installation in Djupavík, Iceland at the Factory, an abandoned herring factory. There, passersby can listen to our original music, not far from where it was originally created.

A sample of the work is available below:

©Michel Handschumacher // The Factory Art Exhibition


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


Less is More

A dance collaboration with Molly Joyce & Barak Ballet

Originally commissioned by Justus and Elizabeth Schlichting for the Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, Less is More is a piece for piano, percussion, and lights that has been expanded into a four movement work for a production of the Santa Monica based Barak Ballet. The work will be premiered in June 2018 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with future performances at the Joyce Theatre in New York, and Jacob's Pillow in Massachusetts. The original 7-minute-long version of the work was filmed by Passepartout Duo alongside Jacob Storer. 

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