Claus & Clausen

by Gaspar Claus & Casper Clausen

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    The first collaboration of Gaspar Claus & Casper Clausen : "Claus & Clausen"

    It was in early 1954, Lisbon, that Hans-Gert Claus and Helmer Clausen forged the destinies of their grandsons Gaspar and Casper. Yet they didn't exchange a word, nor even a glance, and went their separate ways without realising they had spent those few moments side by side, enchanted by one of the three wise men set up on a street corner, at the foot of Bairro Alto. In the same place, at the same time, looking at the same face, these two men – each with their own different reasons for being in Lisbon – felt overwhelmed by a dizzying feeling, a sensation of extreme familiarity mixed with the feeling you get when you try to imagine infinity. Later, they both chronicled this moment in their travel journals. One referred to the king he had seen as Gaspar, while the other referred to him as Casper.
    Hans-Gert's children, in Germany and Helmer's children, in Denmark, all grew up with these travel notes. The passage describing this emotional moment, in both instances, was so intense that the figure of Gaspar here or Casper there was planted deeply in the minds of the men's offspring.

    Casper Clausen was born on a cold winter's night in 1982, in Denmark.
    Gaspar Claus was born on a hot summer's day in 1983, in France.

    One lives by night, the other by day.

    Fate regularly brought them close to each other, but since they're so complementary - each one filling the space that the other leaves so very well - that every opportunity was missed, unbeknown to anyone.

    We now know that as teenagers they spent a whole week in the same residence without ever meeting.

    Strangely, Gaspar always went to bed when Casper woke up. And vice-versa.

    Other moments have emerged too. Like the day when (by this time musicians) their respective groups were invited to play at the same festival, on the same day, at the same time, on different stages. We can be sure that their natural curiosity would have led them to listen to each other's sets if they hadn't been performing at the same time.

    It was in December 2014, while Gaspar & Casper were on family vacations staying with their respective grandparents, that their only mutual friend, traveling movie maker Vincent Moon, had a strange dream in Rio de Janeiro, where he had been living for just a few months. Initially he thought the characters in his dream were Brazilian, since they were speaking Portuguese. But as the dream unfolded, it became clear that the scene was taking place in Lisbon.

    Two old men, far too old to still be of this world, walk down the same long street, each on his own sidewalk as though they are in two dimensions that cannot intersect. Each carries in his hand a half-moon. One is cold as night, the other hot as a blistering day. At the end of this street, the sidewalks come together and the street closes up. There stands a man, wearing a richly woven robe.

    A record deck spins, with no record.

    That same night, in Denmark and in Germany, the travel journals of Gaspar and Casper's forebears are brought out. The beauty of these celebrated extracts, at the root of why they were named so, strikes both of them for the first time. The next morning, they both send a transcription of the two texts to their friend Vincent Moon.

    A few weeks later, we know that all three of them flew to Lisbon.
    Nobody remembers what happened there in February 2015. They returned, joyful, surprised, and bearing a record.

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    The first collaboration of Gaspar Claus & Casper Clausen : "Claus & Clausen"

    It was in early 1954, Lisbon, that Hans-Gert Claus and Helmer Clausen forged the destinies of their grandsons Gaspar and Casper. Yet they didn't exchange a word, nor even a glance, and went their separate ways without realising they had spent those few moments side by side, enchanted by one of the three wise men set up on a street corner, at the foot of Bairro Alto. In the same place, at the same time, looking at the same face, these two men – each with their own different reasons for being in Lisbon – felt overwhelmed by a dizzying feeling, a sensation of extreme familiarity mixed with the feeling you get when you try to imagine infinity. Later, they both chronicled this moment in their travel journals. One referred to the king he had seen as Gaspar, while the other referred to him as Casper.
    Hans-Gert's children, in Germany and Helmer's children, in Denmark, all grew up with these travel notes. The passage describing this emotional moment, in both instances, was so intense that the figure of Gaspar here or Casper there was planted deeply in the minds of the men's offspring.

    Casper Clausen was born on a cold winter's night in 1982, in Denmark.
    Gaspar Claus was born on a hot summer's day in 1983, in France.

    One lives by night, the other by day.

    Fate regularly brought them close to each other, but since they're so complementary - each one filling the space that the other leaves so very well - that every opportunity was missed, unbeknown to anyone.

    We now know that as teenagers they spent a whole week in the same residence without ever meeting.

    Strangely, Gaspar always went to bed when Casper woke up. And vice-versa.

    Other moments have emerged too. Like the day when (by this time musicians) their respective groups were invited to play at the same festival, on the same day, at the same time, on different stages. We can be sure that their natural curiosity would have led them to listen to each other's sets if they hadn't been performing at the same time.

    It was in December 2014, while Gaspar & Casper were on family vacations staying with their respective grandparents, that their only mutual friend, traveling movie maker Vincent Moon, had a strange dream in Rio de Janeiro, where he had been living for just a few months. Initially he thought the characters in his dream were Brazilian, since they were speaking Portuguese. But as the dream unfolded, it became clear that the scene was taking place in Lisbon.

    Two old men, far too old to still be of this world, walk down the same long street, each on his own sidewalk as though they are in two dimensions that cannot intersect. Each carries in his hand a half-moon. One is cold as night, the other hot as a blistering day. At the end of this street, the sidewalks come together and the street closes up. There stands a man, wearing a richly woven robe.

    A record deck spins, with no record.

    That same night, in Denmark and in Germany, the travel journals of Gaspar and Casper's forebears are brought out. The beauty of these celebrated extracts, at the root of why they were named so, strikes both of them for the first time. The next morning, they both send a transcription of the two texts to their friend Vincent Moon.

    A few weeks later, we know that all three of them flew to Lisbon.
    Nobody remembers what happened there in February 2015. They returned, joyful, surprised, and bearing a record.

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The first collaboration of Gaspar Claus & Casper Clausen : "Claus & Clausen"

C’est au début de l’année 1954, à Lisbonne, que Hans-Gerd Claus et Helmer Clausen ont croisé les destinées de leurs petits fils Gaspar et Casper. Ils n’ont pourtant échangé aucune parole, pas un regard, et se sont séparés sans réaliser avoir passé ces quelques minutes côté à côte, subjugués par un des trois rois mages installés au coin d’une rue, au pied du Bairro Alto. Au même endroit, au même instant, regardant le même visage, ces deux hommes - qui avaient des raisons totalement différentes d’être présents à Lisbonne - ont senti une émotion vertigineuse les envahir, une sensation de familiarité extrême, mêlée de ce que l’on ressent lorsque l’on tente de penser l’infini.
Tous deux ont consigné plus tard dans leurs journaux de voyage cet instant. L’un parlait de Gaspar pour désigner ce roi, l’autre l’appelait Casper.
Les enfants de Hans-Gerd et ceux de Helmer, les premiers en Allemagne, les autres au Danemark, ont tous été bercés par ces carnets de voyage. Le passage décrivant ce moment d’émotion, dans un cas comme dans l’autre, était si intense que la figure de Gaspar ici, et celle de Casper là-bas, se sont profondément inscrites dans l’esprit de cette progéniture.

Casper Clausen est né par une froide nuit d’hiver de l’année 1982, au Danemark.
Gaspar Claus est né par une chaude journée d’été de l’année 1983, en France.

L’un vit la nuit, l’autre le jour.

Le destin les a régulièrement rapproché mais ces deux là sont à tel point complémentaires, remplissent si bien l’espace que l’autre n’occupe pas, que chaque opportunité de rencontre fut refusée, dans la plus grande ignorance.

On sait aujourd’hui qu’à l’adolescence ils ont passé une semaine entière dans une même demeure sans jamais se croiser. Etrangement, Gaspar se couchait toujours lorsque Casper s’éveillait. Et vice-versa.
D’autres moments ont été relevés. Comme ce jour où, devenus musiciens, leurs groupes furent invités à jouer au même festival, le même jour, à la même heure mais sur deux scènes différentes. On peut être certain que leur curiosité naturelle les aurait poussé à aller s’écouter l’un l’autre s’ils n’avaient pas joué en même temps.

C’est en 2014, au mois de décembre, alors que Gaspar & Casper passent des vacances familiales chez leurs grands parents respectifs que leur seul ami commun, le cinéaste voyageur Vincent Moon fait ce rêve étrange, depuis Rio de Janeiro où il est installé depuis quelques mois seulement. Il pense d’abord que les personnages de son rêve sont brésiliens, car ils parlent portugais. Mais au fil du rêve, il devient clair que c’est à Lisbonne que la scène a lieu.
Deux vieillards, beaucoup trop vieux pour être encore de ce monde, descendent la même longue rue, mais chacun sur son trottoir, comme dans deux dimensions qui ne peuvent se croiser. Tous deux portent une demi-lune à la main. L’une est glaciale comme la nuit, l’autre brûlante comme le jour. Au bout de cette rue les trottoirs se rejoignent, la rue se ferme. Un homme se tient là, debout. Il porte une grande robe de tissage noble.

À ses pieds un tourne-disque tourne, à vide.

Cette même nuit, au Danemark et en Allemagne, les carnets de voyages des aïeux de Gaspar et Casper sont exhumés. Ils sont pour la première fois saisis par la beauté des textes à l’origine de leurs prénoms. Le lendemain ils envoient chacun une transcription de ces deux textes à leur ami Vincent Moon.

Quelques semaines plus tard, on sait que les trois ont pris un avion pour Lisbonne.
Personne ne se souvient de ce qui a eu lieu là bas au mois de février 2015. Ils sont revenus, joyeux et surpris, un disque en main.

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released November 10, 2016

Casper Clausen - Vocals
Gaspar Claus - Cellos
David Chalmin - Mix
Harris Newman - Master
Nicola Delorme - Picture
Borja Flames - Artwork

Recorded in 4 days at Palacio Dos Duques De Bragança, Lisboa.

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