Inspired by the seasonal light cycles that guide life in the north, Skammdegi/Náttleysi is a large scale commissioning project that took Passepartout Duo through the Nordic countries in 2018. The duo asked composers from Denmark, Sweden, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands to write music that evokes the energy of nightless summer days and the introspection of the dark winter. Making use of weather data, a light installation, and poetic impressions, the pieces encapsulate features of this unique part of the world.


Hafdís Bjarnadóttir (is)
Marta Forsberg (se)
Association of Faroese Composers (fo)
Snow Mask Composers Group (dk)

With support from:

Nordisk Kulturkontakt
Nordisk Kulturfond
Movin’Up Spettacolo


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. A collaboration between two musicians and two visual artists, the end result is an album containing four original tracks alongside cyanotype prints, inspired by this small fishing town during winter.

Our Collaborators:

AnyOne Workspace // Yannis Zhang & Yumo Wu (cn)
Listhús Artist Residency (is)

Released December 21st, 2018

More information is available here.


As We Speak is a concert program and ongoing research concept 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, this flexible program has included works by Rzewski, Forsberg, Ghys, and Akiho.

As We Speak addresses a key question for the duo: how can we bring contemporary classical music anywhere?


Nicoletta Favari listened to a Sound Envelope in Rauma, Finland

Sound Envelopes are electronic musical postcards, created by Passepartout Duo.

Each wooden postcard contains an original print by Mari Aspola. A headphone jack allows a recipient of the postcard to enjoy an original musical track when the postcard is plugged in through USB. Alongside the postcard, instructions are given directing the recipient to pass the postcard along to a friend, through the post or in person, who lives further east than them. The goal is for these Sound Envelopes is to end their journey at the Nakanojo Biennale, in Japan where the story of their travels will be told. Listeners of the postcards are encouraged to be in touch with the duo, to document the journey.

Five tracks were written and recorded in Rauma, Finland during our eight-week-long residency with RaumArs Artist in Residence Program for our inaugural set of Sound Envelopes. Inspired by the aesthetics in Old Rauma, the UNESCO Heritage town center featuring wooden houses and hidden courtyards, our music endeavors to encompass the mystical background present in everyday Finnish life. The music is written for portable electronic instruments and vibraphone, and features the bitKlavier software.


A series of eight paintings created with sound by Jia Jing & Passepartout Duo

Focusing on the digital connection between visual art and music, Moving Ground takes raw data from images of Jia Jing’s paintings and converts it into audio that is manipulated through live electronic improvisations. The resulting sounds create a new painting again when an old amplifier’s vibrations move pigments across the artist’s paper. In this way, the performance creates both visual and auditory feedback loops. The vibrations and movements created by a speaker are normally quite subtle, so fairly extreme aesthetics needed to be used to create the vibrations necessary. In other words, this piece is loud, messy, and a physical experience for its audience members.

Resulting from a desire to continually introduce other mediums into their practices, Jia Jing and Passepartout Duo began collaborating after meeting during the duo’s residency with AnyOne in the T3 International Art Community in Beijing, China. Eight paintings and an accompanying video were shown for the first time on May 22nd, 2019 at Semi-Underground Space (AnyOne’s dedicated gallery space.)

More information is available here.

Video created with the help of Chen Yanyue / 陈妍月


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 was premiered in June 2018 at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica with additional 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 the Trisha Brown Dance Company's Jacob Storer. 


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.