- EMIL & PETER present -
Clarinetist Emil Jonason and his comrade in arms, Peter Friis Johansson, have been performing together for more than half of their lives. Their musicality and ground breaking shows have brought them to Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Folkets Hus in Söderhamn and beyond.
And now they've done it again...
UNRELATED BIRDS is about how little we know about life in the skies, and how much us humans aspire to make music that soars over the clouds.
Philip Glass' music based on ice cold math illuminates the massive power of nuclear weapons and Paquito D'Rivera's Cuban clarinet sonata irresistibly ignites our hearts to dance and love. Aaron Copland's songs with Emily Dickinson's lyrics show the extraordinary multifaceted soul of the basset clarinet, Magnus Pålsson's theme from VVVVVV hopes for a bright future among the stars, and the music by John Cage makes UNRELATED BIRDS a show like no other.
Clarinet and piano duo Emil&Peter consists of Emil Jonason and Peter Friis Johansson, both reknowned musicians with international solo-careers, and was established in 2002. They performed countless concerts in Sweden before moving on to Europe's greatest halls. Today, the world lies at their feet, and they continue to seek exciting new venues to bring classical music to a new audience.
Emil & Peter is a collaboration based not only on an astounding musical equilibrium, but also on a strong feeling of small-scale civil disobedience. Creativity is ignited by their contrasting personalities, and their performances send sparks flying in the most unexpected directions. Being relentlessly uncompromising and constantly debating are the two musicians' best advice for musical evolution.
After years of performing the limited repertoire for clarinet and piano, Emil&Peter realized that they wanted to try something entirely new, a realization that led to the show Beautiful Insanities. The show was a musical journey that started in traditional classical music, flew by a song by Tom Waits, and ended in a ferocious improvisation over Vittorio Monti's Czardas. From Beautiful Insanities there was no turning back, the borders had been breached and too much had been lost in the fire. Worst of Emil&Peter was not a statement nor a provocation, but per se 'chamber music redefined'.