One piano player. One percussionist. Tess Said So is the creative partnership of Rasa Daukus and Will Larsen. Adopting a pop sensibility to a classical format, Rasa and Will write and perform all their own material, influenced by a shared interest in new music and blurring the lines that define musical genre, infusing their sound with pop, jazz, ambience, minimalism, and electronica.
In 2014 Tess Said So released their debut album “I Did That Tomorrow” with contemporary classical European record label Preserved Sound to critical acclaim. Their follow-up “Scramble + Fate” was released in 2016. While both albums achieved recognition in the Top Ten Modern Classical Albums (of 2014 and 2016) from Stationary Travels, “Scramble + Fate” notably disrupted the classical set as a featured release in American magazine JAZZIZ, the largest jazz publication in the world. In 2017 they won Best Interactive, Film & Digital at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for their live soundtrack performance to Nosferatu.
A partnership built on a longstanding friendship, Rasa and Will first began working together when they met as music undergrads (when Will had trouble finding an accompanist keen to tackle his solo repertoire, Rasa was thrilled to jump in for the ride). Active collaborators, they also work with dance companies, filmmakers, designers, street artists, visual and conceptual artists, in a variety of different settings; from concert halls to laneways and public spaces; building and questioning the connections between artistic disciplines.