The duet of Holger Mertin (Germany) and Justyna Niżnik (Poland) constitutes an unorthodox combination of apparent contradictions. Contrary to common national stereotypes, in this two-person band, the Polish musician represents the structured world of rules which encompasses classical music, while the German musician brings an unrestrained frenzy of improvisation born out of the noise and punk subgenres. Let’s not be mislead by stereotypes, however, because in this combination, the musicians meet halfway − creating a unique, fresh and innovative quality in music and a new movement, overcoming fixed divisions, and rising above all audience expectations.
This unexpected fusion of forces, sounds and movements is an explosive experience previously unknown to the Polish and German music scene.
It breaks away from all cliché-ridden names and patterns. The repertoire of the Mertin-Niżnik duet contains their own, original compositions as well as unique arrangements of well-known works of the great masters using the violin, looper, and various percussion instruments, which for Holger Mertin also include the floor and even his own chest!
The music of this exceptional duo engages listeners, captivating them and drawing them in to their invigorating energy vortex that cleanses the mind − a musical catharsis that finds its reflection in the enthusiastic reactions of their audiences.
Instruments: violin, hang, waterphone, percussion instruments, everyday objects, looper, and the musician’s own body.