SELECTED FOR NASOM 2016/2017: Duo Aliada

Duo Aliada
Duo Aliada © Siavash Talebi

The New Austrian Sound of Music – in short NASOM – is a long-term sponsorship program by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMEIA), promoting young Austrian musicians for the fifth time in the two-year period 2016/2017.

The aim of NASOM is to offer support for international performances of promising young talents with the help of a global network of embassies, cultural forums and consulates.
A further objective of NASOM is to draw more attention to the fact that Austrian music creation – beyond the traditional – is as vibrant, modern and culturally diverse as ever.
The young artists accepted for this program were selected in cooperation with the organization mica – music information center austria and local music universities.
Here once again, young emerging musicians from the genres classical, jazz, world, contemporary and pop music were chosen to participate in this sponsorship program.

Among the 25 selected artists for the NASOM program:

Duo Aliada

While the saxophone is commonly associated with jazz, the accordion is most often linked to folk music. What happens when the two instruments, which seem to be worlds apart, are paired up to a duo? In this unconventional formation, Michał Knot (saxophone) and Bogdan Laketic (accordion) breathe new life into classical and baroque music, the origins of which go further back than the history of these two instruments. This duo not only gives the well-known repertoire a unique touch, but also paints more recent compositions from Claude Debussy, Alban Berg and Krzysztof Penderecki in new acoustic colors. And why they call themselves Duo Aliada? This ringing name resulted from the similar sound production (“allied sound”) of vibrating air through an accordion and a saxophone.

Michał Knot – saxophone
Bogdan Laketic – accordion


(Photo: Duo Aliada © Siavash Talebi)

An initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs