SELECTED FOR NASOM 2016/2017: Duo [:klak:]

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 [:klak:]

It is already the rather uncommon combination of accordion, clarinet, percussion and vocals that lets Duo [:klak:] stand out from the crowd. However, it is not only the duo’s instrumentation that makes the music of the two Carinthians Stefan Kollmann (accordion) and Markus Fellner (clarinet, percussion, vocals) so special. Stylistically moving along the lines of tango nuevo, musette, klezmer and jazz, their impressive songs are perfectly melded together, as if by magic, with: gentle and tense melodies pending between fragile melancholy and pure joy, the many different styles, the musical sophistication of the two protagonists and their ability to present music that is hauntingly beautiful, and at the same time an effortless elegance and a lot of soul.

Stefan Kollmann – accordion
Markus Fellner – clarinet, percussion, vocals


(Photo: © Duo [:klak:])

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