Ever since they began collaborating in 2015, the musicians of Passepartout Duo have been known for their tireless advocacy of new music, ideas that cross aesthetic boundaries, and the compelling films they create. Driven by their shared values of music, people, and travel, Nicoletta Favari & Christopher Salvito’s simple and elegant approach has already earned them a reputation as a thoughtful and promising emerging group within the contemporary music field.
The work of the duo has been described as, “globalized and far-reaching and provocative and, yes, even beautiful” by the Lake Champlain Weekly. In addition to performing across dozens of countries and scores of US states, the duo has been invited to perform at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, the Havana Contemporary Music Festival in Cuba, and the KlangBasel Festival in Switzerland. Being avid collaborators, a recent project of the group involved composing and recording music for Belgian-based animator Anna Van Riel’s short film Mixed Materials. As educators, the members of Passepartout Duo offer a variety of classes and engagements for students; most recently, they were ensemble in residence for the composition department at University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Passepartout Duo will be developing a whole cohesive show conjugating composed and original music where the predominant element is the light, featured in various forms and through different technologies. Part of the music will be inspired by the place and people encountered during our staying, while specifics of the culture in modalities of communication are captured through recordings.