essentialV3Klangtint is, to all extents and purposes, clarinetist (mostly) Gareth Davis and related projects.

10 years before the turn of the century, a somewhat impulsive purchase whilst window shopping in Covent Garden, London, resulted in a Noblet Bb clarinet. A plastic instrument with a ‘wood’ finish, not dissimilar to Ikea furniture in many respects. The veneer convinced, and thus, having a ‘wooden’ instrument (so it was told), was the reason why he was lucky and could produce such a good sound. So it goes.

The serendipitous location of a rather wonderful (and equally important, rather cheap) second hand record shop less than 10m from the bus stop required for seven years of schooling, combined with the all important income from delivering newspapers on a daily basis, lead to a somewhat eclectic, dusty and generally unclassified taste in music.

Cut a number of years. Some restless drumming and appalling guitar fumbling. Coffee. Practice rooms. Rooms to practice. Coffee. A new instrument or two, this time actual wood. Coffee.

And now. Performances and recordings from classical concerti, to newly written works by composers such as Bernhard Lang, Peter Ablinger, Toshio Hosokawa and Jonathan Harvey. Collaborations ranging from the vocal group Neue Vocalsolisten and the JACK string quartet to improvising musicians Frances-Marie Uitti and Elliott Sharp, bands such as Oiseaux-Tempête and Farewell Poetry and electronic artists Scanner and Merzbow.