On the one hand, we explore what style/language/aesthetics mean to us as performers. As the main case study, we ask what «romantic» is and isn't. How do we speak of and understand «style» in musical performance across genres, and how can experimentation with a style challenge our own performer aesthetics?
On the other hand, we experiment with «traditioning», especially by working with improvisation as an interpretational process. This brings along additional questions on how we understand concepts such as «composition», «interpretation», «improvisation», and meetings between these activities across genres. The two paths are explored simultaneously and inform each other in the project's core, which is experimental work with (late) romantic songs.
At the beginning of the project period, an album was released, which documents the duo's work in the years leading up to the research project. The album/EP «Demanten» contains improvised interpretations or variants based on four songs by Jean Sibelius.