"kokyū [breathing]"

freely improvised chamber music

video stills & montage by Werner Puntigam




trombone & conch shell



trumpet & bass clarinet

video still by Werner Puntigam



After the outstanding Austrian and Japanese multiinstrumentalists, WERNER PUNTIGAM (A) trombone & conch shell, and RABITO ARIMOTO (J) trumpet & bass clarinet, started their congenial musical collaboration in Japan in May 2017, they later that year continued with an also very successful concert tour in Austria in July. That time they as well did very inspired audio recordings at a studio there, which has been released on their brand-new first CD, "kokyū [breathing]" (ATS Records CD-0898). And in November 2017 they proudly presented it live on their highlighting tour in Taiwan as well as in Japan again in March and September 2018 (a.o. at the prestigious 'Jazz Art Sengawa' festival in Tokyo, feat. the fabulous Japanese vocal artist Koichi Makigami), where they earned more enthusiastic feedbacks on their impassioned live performances by the audiences as well as by the concert/festival promoters and fellow musicians. With their freely improvised chamber music they're creating thrilling abstract dialogues and complex soundscapes with an extremely wide range of sounds and dynamics by exploring all known and unknown sound options on their horns in a pure acoustic way. An intimate, surprising and extraordinary soulful and sensual experience for the ears of attentive listeners!


In November 2018 the duo realized a special concert series in churches and other sacred spaces in Austria under the title THE SOUND OF ODEM that will be continued in 2019. These live performances - sometimes extended to trio with special guests of various disciplines (music, painting, contemporary dance, visuals) - convey associations of God's breath of life as well as getting inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi's 'Canticle of Brother Sun'.

video still by Werner Puntigam



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