Hocket by Meredith Monk

Thomas Giles, alto saxophone

*Adapted for saxophone by the performer

Taken from Monk’s music-theater piece Facing North (1990), “Hocket” is a piece wherein two singers share a single melody relying entirely on each other to bring it to completion.

Meredith Monk is an American composer, singer, director, choreographer, and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films, and installations. A pioneer in extended vocal technique and interdisciplinary performance, Monk’s work thrives at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, able to express an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which there are no words.

For more on the artist, see: www.thomasgilessax.com